A person has been arrested in Pasadena who police think killed Mickey Cooper, who was the brother of Lakers star Michael Cooper. Aaron Miguel Conell, 24, of Pasadena was arrested not long after Mickey Cooper’s body was found in Washington Park in Pasadena.
Police say Conell was first arrested and held on a separate charge of assault with a firearm while the probe continued. They were able to get more proof, and on Monday, they added murder to the charges against him. At this point, there has been no explanation for the killing or account of what happened.
‘Didn’t Bother Anybody’
Mickey Cooper had a quiet but sometimes hard life. He grew up in Pasadena as the younger brother of a player who would become famous. In the park where Mickey was killed, the boys used to play basketball. Michael Cooper told Eyewitness News, “We lived 10 houses down from here.”
“This is the park where we played as kids.” That’s why he felt safe and at ease here.” Michael says he didn’t understand why anyone would want to hurt Mickey when he heard that his brother had been shot. “He lived his life, didn’t bother anyone, and loved everyone.”
For someone to kill him, even though no one loved him? A lot of people loved him. During the 1980s Showtime era, Michael Cooper played for the Lakers and won five titles with the team. After he stopped playing, he worked as a teacher in a number of different roles. One of these was helping the Los Angeles Sparks win two WNBA titles.
He also works as an analyst for ABC7’s basketball program right now. Michael says that his 64-year-old brother had a drug problem for a long time. “All through this, we tried to help him. She said, “He chose to live this life, but that doesn’t mean someone can come take it from him.”
The park was where Mickey’s body was found around 4 a.m. Saturday, when the police’s ShotSpotter system picked up gunshots in the area. Officers arrived and found Mickey there, not moving and with several gunshot wounds. At the scene, they said he was dead.
Suspect arrested in California killing of ex-Lakers star Michael Cooper’s brother https://t.co/s5uzGIQuFx— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) November 21, 2023
Detectives say they were able to find Conell as a “person of interest” very quickly after the murder. They thought their possible suspect was dangerous, so they called for help. “Believing this person posed an immediate threat to the public, detectives coordinated an arrest operation with members of the US Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce, PPD SWAT, and PPD K-9 Unit,” the department said in a news release.
Jail records show that Conell was taken for assault without any problems just before 9 p.m. Saturday, which is only about 17 hours after Mickey’s body was found. His records show that he was being held on $2 million bail.
Last month, there was a similar shooting in the same park, which was found around 2 a.m. when ShotSpotter picked up on possible gunshots. At this point, there’s no sign that the two events are connected. However, cops say they have been making the park safer by adding more guards.