RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are saying that the man who is suspected of killing a pregnant woman during a domestic incident in Richmond Thursday was found dead in Christiansburg, Virginia Friday morning.
Police said that Terrell D. Cook, 28, of Overbrook Road died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police also identified Jawanda F. Johnson, 26 of Fairfield Avenue as the victim who was killed Thursday afternoon. The incident happened at a South Richmond apartment complex.
Police say they were called to the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive at roughly 2:40 p.m. for a reported shooting incident. When officers arrived, they found Johnson, who had been shot. She was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died. Police sources say she was 5-and-a-half months pregnant.
A neighbor and friend of the Johnson family said that Jawanda was at Chalfont Drive to get away from Cook, who she was married to.
The neighbor also said that Johnson had just filed for a restraining order against Cook which a magistrate allegedly denied.
Police said that there have been five calls for service to the address where Johnson lived this year, and three domestic calls at the residence in just the last week.
The neighbor said that one day after Johnson’s restraining order was denied, Cook followed the family home from grocery shopping. When Johnson tried to shut the door on him, Cook overpowered her and shot her five or six times, according to the neighbor.
Court records show that Cook was previously convicted of child abuse.
He pleaded guilty in 2013 to felony charges that he seriously injured a child and was sentenced to five years and four months in jail, but five years of his sentence were suspended. As a result, he only served only four months of his term.
Police say that three children were present at the time of the murder, along with an adult female who was also unhurt.
Neighbors are asking other community members to speak up and say something.
“The community needs to come together and take action and take notification of the things that people say and do, like threats and view text messages, and listen to what other family members say,” neighbor Shana Le Master told 8News.
No other details have been released at this time.
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Det. G. Russell at (804) 646-7715 or Major Crimes Det. Sgt. A. Jackson at (804) 646-0606 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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