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Cops Arrest Man in Augusta’s Last Murder of 2017

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Victim Michael CooperAn Augusta man was fatally shot in the final hours of 2017 and authorities made a quick arrest in the murder.

Anthony Kyle Butler, 20, has been charged with murder in Sunday night’s shooting death of 22-year-old Michael “Coop” Cooper (pictured at right from Facebook).

Deputies responded to gunfire at Sierra Point Apartments at 6:48 p.m. Sunday and found the victim on the ground. Cooper was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center, where he died at 10:25 p.m. Sunday.

“Investigators also learned that prior to Butler shooting Cooper, Butler had also pointed the same firearm at another (person) whose name is being withheld at this time so that they may be located,” a press release says.

The sheriff’s office did not release a possible motive.

Anthony K ButlerButler, of the 2800 block of Gordy Road (pictured from an old mugshot), was booked on charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapon possession.

Editor’s Note: If you have a better picture or memory of Michael Cooper, please text it to The Jail Report at 803-487-3224 or email it to jailreport@gmail.com

 

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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