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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Nathaniel Joseph Cook

On February 3, 2015, Nathaniel Joseph Cook was convicted by a jury of all charges filed against him: attempted murder of a peace officer with personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury (GBI); assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm with personal and intentional discharge causing GBI; shooting at an occupied vehicle with personal and intentional discharge causing GBI; attempted murder of a civilian with personal and intentional discharge; second degree robbery with personal and intentional discharge; and drawing/exhibiting a firearm.

Cook robbed a homeless man of his bicycle on January 25, 2013, and a friend of the homeless man tried to stop the defendant. Cook shot at the second victim two or three times. Two OPD officers were a block away when they heard the shots, and they responded in separate cars. The first officer spotted Cook and tracked him for a block. When the officer lost sight of the defendant and tried to get out of his car, Cook shot at him twice, hitting him once in the leg. Defendant Cook was subsequently arrested by the second officer. The wounded officer has made a decent recovery but still has a bullet in his leg today.

The prosecutor was DDA Pat Moriarty.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015