Police Storm Trailer, Body Found
WHITE CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Three vice squad officers who went to a mobile home for an undercover drug buy were shot, one fatally, and the body of the alleged gunman was found inside after police stormed the trailer today, officials said.
Lt. Grover C. Cooper, 32, head of the Fort Pierce police drug investigation unit, died after the shooting late Monday, said Janie Hellstrom, a spokeswoman for Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
Officer Jimmy Wouters, 33, was listed in critical condition, while officer Robert Spring, 32, was in serious but stable condition, Ms. Hellstrom said. She said she didn’t know the details of their injuries.
″Wouters is bad. He’s real bad. It’s touch-and-go as to whether he’s going to make it,″ said Lt. Bob Provost of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting was reported about 10 p.m. Monday.
Fort Pierce Police Department spokesman Lou Ericson said the officers apparently were making an undercover cocaine buy.
Police believed about 12 shots were fired. It was not known whether the police officers fired their weapons.
Shots were exchanged as police stormed the home, according to a witness.
Police today hunted for a woman who was thought to have been barricaded inside the mobile home with the man.