20 Months After Being Shot in Head, Police Officer Returns to Work

Matt Cooper

(95.5 WSB) – He’s had to fight for his life, undergoing several surgeries and enduring months of rehabilitation after being shot in the head while responding to a shoplifting call.

The city rallied behind Covington police Officer Matt Cooper after he was shot between his eyes and the bullet traveled to his carotid artery, miraculously clotting his blood and saving his life.

In the aftermath, Cooper’s badge number “148” became a common symbol of support in the community.

On Monday, more than 20 months after the incident, Cooper brought both the bullet — which will stay with him forever — and his badge back to work. CONTINUE