Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder For Shooting Friend After Church

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan man faces prison time after pleading no contest to attempted murder.

Tyrell Brown, 27, entered the plea in Riley County District Court Tuesday and was found guilty in connection with a shooting that happened earlier this year.

On Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 12:30 PM, Riley County 911 dispatchers received a call from 51-year-old Clayton Burgess who reported that a man had been shot close to the intersection of North Manhattan Avenue and Flint Hills Place in Manhattan, at the Flint Hills Place Apartments which is city-operated housing.

Officers arrived on scene and found that 51-year-old Marcus Cooper had been shot and that the suspect, Brown, had remained at the complex where he was a tenant.

Police said earlier in the day, Cooper gave Brown a ride to church, which was their "normal routine."

During the service, Brown began demonstrating bizarre behavior and was asked to leave.

After the service, Cooper found Brown sitting in his vehicle. Cooper did not feel comfortable being alone with Brown so he asked another member of the church, Clayton Burgess, to ride with him as he gave Brown a ride home.

As the three men approached Brown’s address, Brown pulled out a handgun from a bag he was carrying and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Cooper was shot in the right arm- the bullet coming to rest in his torso. Cooper and Burgess were able to get the gun away from Brown and called police.

Brown was arrested at the scene and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. Officials say Cooper has since recovered from his injuries.

Brown's sentencing is set for December 7th at the Riley County Courthouse.

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