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Officers pay man’s meal at restaurant before learning that he killed his roommate

By Mason White 11:17 AM January 6, 2015
Mykel Cantrel Cooper  

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Police officers paid for a man’s meal at a restaurant before he was arrested for murder.

Two police officers in Arizona, were trying to do a good deed and help a young man with mental health problems.

However, they ended up arresting the man for murder.

The incident unfolded when officers were called to an IHOP in Phoenix about 8:30 a.m., where employees told them that a man ordered a meal, ate the food but did not have the money to pay for it, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

Officers determined that the man, Mykel Cantrel Cooper, had some sort of mental health problems. They paid his tab plus tips, Thompson said.

Cooper, 23, then told officers that he wanted to speak to his mental health worker. Officers drove him to the mental health facility.

Cooper told his case worker that he had “done something wrong” to his roommate.

Officers went to Cooper’s apartment and found the dead body of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy. Cooper said that he stabbed his roommate in self defense.

Cooper was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is being held on $1 million bond.

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