A part-time Rutland, Mass., police officer died after he suffered a head wound in Indianapolis early today, according to police in both communities.
Sean P. Cooney had worked as a dispatcher for the Worcester County community for three years before being appointed as a part-time police officer this February, according to a statement released by the Rutland force.
“Officer Cooney was a well-liked and respected member of this department,’’ police said in the statement. “His passing has been a devastating blow to our community and he will be sadly missed.’’
According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, its officers rushed to St. Clair Street in that city to investigate a report that a man was unconscious and lying on the street, bleeding from a head wound.
Cooney was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Homicide detectives are now investigating Cooney’s death, but have not identified a motive in the incident. No arrests have been made, according to the Indianapolis department.
Rutland police said Cooney was in the Indianapolis to make funeral arrangements for a “close friend who had passed away in the area.’’
Cooney was 27 years old and lived in Worcester. He also worked as an associate court officer for the Massachusetts court system, police said.