Update: Officers say wife shot husband while children at home

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

North Augusta, SC (WRDW) - The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Dakota Cook. The alleged shooter is his wife 20-year-old Terry Cook. Police believe this is a domestic dispute turned deadly.

"I woke up and I heard sirens," said neighbor Jesse Williams.

A quiet Tuesday morning in this North Augusta apartment complex turned into a crime scene. Terry Cook is charged with murder, accused of shooting her husband Dakota Cook.

North Augusta Public Safety investigators say the children, ages 4 months, 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years old were all in the home at the time. The incident report says deputies entered the apartment after getting no response from knocking on the front door. The report states they found a child behind a couch who said she heard a loud noise upstairs.

"They shouldn't see that. why would you want kids to be exposed to that," said Williams.

The incident report says deputies yelled upstairs and a woman responded, "up here, he's still breathing." Deputies reported that she had blood on her right hand. The report states deputies found the victim still in bed with the covers up to his neck. Investigators noted he had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the face.

One neighbor told us he isn't surprised by the violence and that this isn't the first time this neighborhood has seen crime.

"That's the life we're living in. I mean it's a rough area, and in the summer stuff happens," said Williams.

All four of those children are safe. They are in the custody of their grandparents.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) - Authorities say a wife shot her husband to death in a domestic dispute while their four children were home.

Aiken County Public Safety say 21-year-old Dakota Cook was killed by his wife, 20-year-old Terry Cook. The shooting happened at the Augusta Gardens Apartment Complex around 10:30 this morning. Officials say the shooting appears to have been the result of a domestic dispute.

Coroner Tim Carlton says Dakota Cook was pronounced dead this morning at Georgia Regents University Emergency Department.

The couples four children, ages ranging from 4 months to 4 years old, were home at the time. Officers say they were not hurt or involved in the shooting and are now in custody of their grandparents.

Terry Cook is being charged with murder.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety, SLED and the Aiken County Coroner's Office are investigating the case. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Newberry, S.C.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW) - Investigators are on scene a homicide in North Augusta.

Officers on the scene found one male gunshot wound to head.

Crews were called to the North Augusta Gardens Apartments on the corner of Hugh Street at Marion Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Officers on the scene found one male gunshot wound to the head. They also say four children were home at the time, none of them injured.

DSS has been called to scene and Victims' Assistance was called in to help the family.

Officials say the scene is secure and no suspects on the run.

News 12 is on the scene we'll keep you updated.


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