Former Samson police officer sought in woman's death kills himself

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SAMSON, Ala. (WTVY) - UPDATE— The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a former Samson police officer wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Samson woman is dead.

Photo from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Our sister station WSFA reports 45-year-old James Chadwick Green was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE --- Green is in custody with undisclosed injuries. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is in charge right now, but the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is expected to take over.


A woman in Samson was shot and killed, and now law enforcement is searching for a former Samson police officer, who is wanted for questioning.

Police went to 504 Pullum Street in Samson around noon after getting reports of a gunshot.

When they arrived, they found 33-year-old Sarah Cooper with a gunshot wound.

She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

45-year-old James Chadwick Green is wanted for questioning.

He is still at large and could be dangerous.

A neighbor got video of green's truck driving toward the house at 11:52 a.m..

Amber Aplin wasn't home at the time of the gunshot, but she was shocked when she heard the news.

"They're very quiet neighbors,” said Aplin. “They never gave any problems. I was very close with the mother. She went to school with me, as well as she was my neighbor. You would think they were a loving family."

The Geneva County Sheriff's Office and Samson Police Department searched for Green's red 2017 Toyota pick-up while the Alabama State Bureau investigated the scene.

With Green unaccounted for, Aplin is worried about her safety as well as her son's.

"Safety is a huge issue,” said Aplin. “We are all a close community."

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation says the three children that were with Sarah Cooper are all safe and with family members.


Statement from State Bureau of Investigation

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) responded to a firearm assault in Samson (Geneva County) at the request of Samson Police Chief James Hill.

At approximately 11:52 a.m., the Samson Police Department received reports of a firearm assault in the 500 block of Pullum St. When officers arrived, they found Sarah Cooper, 33, of Samson, AL, suffering from what is believed to be a single gunshot wound. Cooper was transported to Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, and later died from her injuries.

James Chadwick Green, 45, of Samson fled the scene and his location is currently unknown. Green was last seen driving a red 2017 Toyota truck, bearing Alabama license plate “CHAD1” in the area of Samson, AL, and is wanted for questioning in the death of Cooper.

James Chadwick Green is a white male, 6’02”, 180 lbs. with brown hair (balding) and Hazel eyes. Green typically wears a goatee and a ball cap and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Sources say he was terminated from his job with the Samson Police Department several weeks ago. Anyone with information on the location of Green or his vehicle, is asked to notify law enforcement at:

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency – 334-983-4587

Samson Police Department – 334-898-7118

James Chadwick Green

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