Suspect in Domestic Violence Incident Flees Deputies, Climbs Tree

A suspect wanted on domestic violence charges stemming from an incident on March 21 was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a search involving Aviation and K9 Units. Christopher Cooper (DOB 10/6/83) was arrested after a K9 track led to the area he was hiding and he was located in a tree.

Christopher Cooper’s original charges stemmed from an incident that took place at the Tringali Center in Englewood on March 21. Deputies that responded there investigated a reported battery, for which several witnesses provided statements. The deputies determined that Christopher Cooper had grabbed the victim, placed the victim in a headlock, and dragged the victim from a picnic table to a wooded area. Christopher Cooper departed the area prior to the deputy’s arrival and he was not located at the time of the incident. Open charges for Domestic Battery were filed at the conclusion of that investigation.

On March 26, an anonymous tipster reported that a person with a warrant was in the area of Kevitt Blvd and S. McCall Road in Englewood. The deputy that responded observed Christopher Cooper walking on S. Access Road. Upon observing the deputy’s marked vehicle, Christopher Cooper fled on foot through traffic across S. McCall Road. Responding deputies formed a perimeter around the area, utilizing Aviation Support and a K9 Unit. K9 Anubis was able to track through the area, leading deputies to a tree that Cooper had climbed and was attempting to conceal himself in.

Christopher Cooper complied with orders to climb down the tree and was arrested. In addition to the original Domestic Battery charge, he was additionally charged with Resisting an Officer Without Violence and Violation of Probation (Sarasota County).

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