Stone cold killer to cops: ‘I don’t give a f—, I’m here and they’re not’
Man, 32, arrested for shooting that left three dead: ‘I don’t give a f—, I’m here and they’re not’
Cooper fatally shot two rival dealers and an elderly bystander at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, NY in 2015
“I don’t give a f—,” Allen Cooper, 32, told reporters when asked if he was responsible for the killings as he was led from the 88th precinct. “I’m here. And they’re not.”
He was grinning and laughing as he was walking to a police vehicle to be taken to Rikers Island.
“F— you,” he said as detectives slid him into the back seat of a police car.
Cops say Cooper fatally shot two rival dealers and the elderly bystander at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene about 1:45 a.m. on Sept. 20.
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“F— you,” Allen Cooper (c.) told detectives.
Herbert Brown, 76, described as a neighborhood fixture who had nothing to do with the drug dealing, was blasted in the midsection just down the street from his home, police said. He died later at Methodist Hospital.
Lacount Simmons, 39, was shot in the back and torso and died at the scene, police said. Calvin Clinkscales, 43, was shot in the face and torso and also died at the scene, police said.
Brown’s grandson Janeil Smith-Brown, 28, said Cooper’s lack of remorse was no surprise. “That’s how a majority of people around here feel coming up in this environment,” he said.
Brown was a kindly, religious family man who had retired from his job as a counselor of children at a mental hospital, he said.
Innocent bystander Herbert Brown (l.) poses with his grandson Janeil Smith-Brown. Herbert Brown was killed by Cooper’s stray bullet in Brooklyn in September.
“They got him, and he was smiling about it,” Smith-Brown said. “I hope he gets what he deserves. I hope he rots in jail. They can’t bring my grandfather back.”
Cops found nine .40-caliber shell casings at the scene but never found the gun that Cooper allegedly used.
By January, based on security video and witness statements, detectives had identified Cooper as a suspect — but could not find him. Eventually cops got tips he was somewhere in Georgia or North Carolina but none of the tips panned out.
Photo: Police Handout
Cooper had some not-so-nice things to say to reporters and cops as he was walked into a police car Friday.
On April 15, Cops finally got a solid lead. An anonymous woman called the NYPD and gave them the address of an apartment in Fayetteville, N.C. That night, police went to the apartment and captured Cooper trying to flee out a rear window.
He was arrested by NYPD Detectives Kenneth Juart of the 88th Precinct and Thomas Handley of Brooklyn North Homicide. The Fayetteville Police were also involved.
Sgt. Richard Erickson, commanding officer of the 88th Precinct Detective Squad, said Cooper was the new dealer on the block and wanted Clinkscales and Simmons, more established dealers, to pay him a tax on the crack and marijuana they were selling. They refused and Cooper struck back.
Photo: Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News
Three men were shot and killed on the grounds of Fort Greene’s R.V. Ingersoll Houses in September. Police charged Cooper with the shooting.
“We believe Allen Cooper intended to run the operation in that particular area of the development,” Erickson said. “Two of the individuals were old school players down there, Calvin Clinkscales and Lacount Simmons. Cooper was kind of new school. He was trying to make a move.”
Cooper was charged with three counts of murder and illegal weapons possession.
His long criminal record includes two stints in state prison for attempted assault and weapons possession. He also has prior arrests for rioting in a correctional facility, attempted murder, attempted assault, robbery and gun possession.
“He’s a bad individual,” Erickson said.
Photo: Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News
Authorities on the scene in 2015.
“It seems quiet,” Erickson said.
The remnants of Cooper’s crew have stayed under the radar since the killings, he said.
“They are known to us,” he said. “They don’t seem to be big players. They seem to be lost without him.”
The triple murder was part of a chaotic 24-hour stretch in the city that saw seven people
shot to death and four more wounded, including a 7-year-old girl.
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