Armed and Dangerous Murder Suspect On the Loose

May 27, 2003

Los Angeles: On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at approximately 9:05 a.m., Suspect Darnell Cooper confronted and shot Victim Darrell Miller (33 years of age, a resident of Los Angeles) to death. The incident occurred in the 5600 block of Smiley Drive.
After the shooting, the suspect confronted a second victim and took his vehicle at gunpoint. The suspect was last seen in the second victim’s vehicle, a 1993 Toyota Altima, 4-door, green, California license plate 3PZH855, westbound on Smiley Drive toward La Cienega Boulevard.
The motive appears to be gang related.
The suspect is a 38 year-old male Black, 5′ 9", 200 lbs. and resides in the vicinity of the crime scene. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Cooper’s photograph is available with the Watch Commander of Southwest Area Police Station, 1546 West Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Los Angeles.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Southwest Homicide Detectives at 213-485-2417. On weekends and during off-hours, please contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detectives Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.