Suspect in 2012 homicide awaits extradition in IllinoisA warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of Toriano Dawen Cooper.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
A warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of Toriano Dawen Cooper.
Cooper, 36, had been working on a car Jan. 15, 2012, in front of 1901 N. 12th St., when the fatal shooting took place around 10 a.m. that Sunday. He managed to make it into the house where he died of his injuries.
Developments from the investigation have led to charges against a person involved in the shooting death, according to a news release issued by Superior Deputy Chief Nicholas Alexander.
The suspected shooter has been identified as Tiawain Albert Johnson, 21, originally from Chicago.
Johnson had been residing in Superior at the time of the shooting, but returned to the Chicago area after the homicide.
On Monday, a criminal complaint and warrant was filed in Douglas County accusing Johnson of first-degree intentional homicide for causing Cooper’s death.
Johnson was already in custody in Chicago on an unrelated charge, and is being held at the Cook County jail pending extradition.
According to the criminal complaint, the shooting was in retaliation for a robbery in which Johnson was the victim.
Information gathered by police suggested Cooper, who’s street name was “Snap,” either orchestrated or participated in the robbery that relieved Johnson of anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 in cash and drugs according to witness statements.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Douglas County, Cooper wanted to buy some drugs.
“Johnson went down from his apartment to sell the drugs, but was met by three armed black males,” the complaint states. “At gunpoint, the males took Johnson to his apartment where Johnson’s girlfriend and two young children were present.”
Johnson was aware of Cooper’s identity, and the shooting is believed to be an act of retaliation for the robbery, Nicholas stated in the news release.
Several witnesses told police Johnson had bragged about catching up with the guy who arranged the robbery before he left the area.
Two witnesses only identified by initials in the criminal complaint told police Johnson showed them a .380 caliber handgun that Johnson had used.
Johnson was identified by witnesses in a photo lineup as the person who admitted to fatally shooting Cooper, according to the criminal complaint.