William Milton Cooper, author of “Behold a Pale Horse,” was killed in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies in Eagar, Arizona today. Cooper was host of a talk show broadcast by Worldwide Christian Radio out of Nashville. He was well known in the UFO community for his radical view that there were a number of alien species present on earth, and that they were unspeakably evil.

He led a drive to identify Whitley Strieber as a CIA agent, and considered most conventional UFO researchers, including Stanton Friedman, Linda Moulton Howe and many others, to be agents of a conspiracy devoted to concealing the evil alien presence so that it could do its bidding on earth untroubled by human resistance.

He considered Art Bell a conspiratorial proponent of a new world order that he believed would destroy human freedom, and devoted many pages of his website to diatribes against Bell.

In defense of his claim that Strieber was a CIA operative, he produced a document that was allegedly written in 1981 that “activated” Strieber and a number of other individuals, including Richard Hoagland in a program called “Project Enable.” Among other inaccuracies, the document identifies Dr. John Alexander as a major when he was, at the time of its writing, a Lieutenant Colonel. It makes reference to Project Stargate, but is dated in 1981, when the military remote viewing program was still called Project Grill Flame.

When deputies attempted to arrest Cooper this morning, a gun battle broke out. One Apache County deputy received two gunshots to the head. The deputy was in critical condition at a Phoenix hospital. Cooper, who had a handgun, was killed.

Cooper served with the Strategic Air command until 1965. He was also a naval officer. He was discharged from the Navy in 1975.

In March of 1999, Cooper sent his family out of the United States. He remained alone at his home in Arizona, where he was killed.

On the official William Cooper website, his family states that his death was apparently not related to his opposition to the federal government, but came as a result of a sheriff’s deputy’s attempt to serve a warrant in a local matter. To read their statement on his website, click here.

To read the Sheriff’s Report on the Cooper death, click here.

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