Police: Shooting occurred after church service

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County police released more details Tuesday regarding Sunday’s shooting incident that ended in one man being hospitalized and another arrested.

Officials said Tyrell Brown, 26, 1420 Flint Hills Pl., shot Marcus Cooper, 51, 2941 Vinewood Pl., after a struggle ensued while Cooper drove Brown home from a church service.

Lt. Josh Kyle said Cooper had given Brown a ride to church that morning, which Cooper said was a normal routine. While at church, Cooper told authorities, Brown began to act bizarrely and was asked to leave. Kyle said that after the service, Cooper found Brown sitting in Cooper’s vehicle.

He said Cooper did not feel comfortable riding alone with Brown so he asked Clayton Burgess, 51, 3805 Pecan Dr., Lot 164, another member of the church, to ride with him as he drove Brown home.

As the three men approached Brown’s apartment, Kyle said Brown took a handgun from his bag and during the ensuing struggle, Cooper was shot in the right arm and the bullet came to rest in his torso.

Cooper and Burgess were able to get the gun away from Brown and call the police, Kyle said. Burgess was not injured.

Kyle said Brown remained in the vehicle until the police arrived.

He was arrested for two counts of attempted second degree murder and is confined to the Riley County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Police did not elaborate on the reason for Brown’s behavior.

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