Nick Ut/AP
January 06, 2015 07:45 PM

Two officers who were trying to do a good deed ended up arresting a man Wednesday in connection with a stabbing death.

Mykel Cantrel Cooper, 23, ordered and ate a meal at a Phoenix IHOP, but he couldn’t pay for it, so employees called the cops, reports KPHO.

When they arrived on the scene, the two police officers paid Cooper’s tab themselves after they determined he had mental health issues.

Mykel Cantrel Cooper
Maricopa County Sheriff's Department/AP

They then took him to a nearby facility for treatment, where Cooper told the mental health staff there that he had “done something bad” to his roommate.

Police then went to his apartment, where they found the body of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy. Investigators believe he was stabbed to death on Dec. 30, according to AZFamily.

Cooper was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $1 million.

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