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Fuzz Run to honor wounded officer Matt Cooper

COVINGTON, Ga. – When thousands of runners and walkers step off Saturday morning at the start of the Covington Police Department’s 35th annual Fuzz Run they will be led on their 3.1-mile trek by Officer Matt Cooper’s patrol car.

The 5K event, held every year since 1984, will have special significance for the community this year as Officer Cooper continues in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital after being shot Monday while trying to apprehend a shoplifting suspect.

CPD spokesman Officer Justin Stott said there will also be a large flag with Officer Cooper’s badge number-148- at the Covington Square. The 148 will also be on the front tag of the car leading the race.

CPD is asking all runners, walkers and spectators to wear blue in support of Officer Cooper as he continues to heal.

Money raised from the Fuzz Run goes to fund CPD’s charitable organization, Covington Police Who Care, that supports a wide variety of philanthropic causes throughout the year including assisting police officers injured in the line of duty and the department’s annual Shop with a Cop events.