Suspect arrested in 2012 Superior homicide caseSuperior police announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested in Chicago for the 2012 murder of Toriano Dawen Cooper.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Superior police announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested in Chicago for the 2012 murder of Toriano Dawen Cooper.
Tiawain Albert Johnson, 21, who originally is from Chicago but was living in Superior at the time of the shooting, was already in jail in Chicago on Monday when a warrant was issued in Douglas County for his arrest alleging first degree intentional homicide in the Cooper case.
Illinois authorities notified Superior police that Johnson already was in custody. He is currently in the Cook County, Ill., Jail awaiting extradition procedures.
Cooper was shot and killed outside of a residence at 1901 N. 12th St. shortly after 10 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, apparently in retaliation for a robbery during a previous drug deal.
According to Superior police, the murder investigation uncovered that the prior robbery incident took place a few weeks before the shooting. Information acquired during the investigation suggested that Cooper may have participated in a robbery of Johnson in which narcotics and money were taken. Johnson was aware of the identity of Cooper, police said, and the shooting is believed to be an act of retaliation for the robbery.