Flagstaff police chief dies during jog

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Flagstaff Police Chief Brent Cooper By Jennifer Thomas Flagstaff Police Chief Brent Cooper By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Flagstaff Police Chief Brent Cooper died Sunday after going out for a run.

Cooper, 57, left his home at about 10 a.m. but failed to return after several hours and a search was launched.

A passerby found Cooper unresponsive on the ground near Highway 89 and Purple Sage Trail at about 3 p.m., according to Sgt. James Jackson. A Flagstaff police sergeant arrived and administered aid until medics arrived.

Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police do not suspect foul play.

During his 33 years with the department, Cooper was a patrol officer, detective and member of the tactical operations team. He became Flagstaff's police chief in July 2006.

A statement from the Flagstaff Police Department read: "Chief Brent F. Cooper was loved and respected by all the men and women who served under his command as well as many local, county, state and federal law enforcement officers and administrators. The Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Community benefited from Chief Cooper's experience, knowledge and dedication and he will be sorely missed."

Funeral arrangements are pending.