NORTH AUGUSTA – Police responding to a North Augusta shooting Tuesday found Dakota Cook in bed, with the covers up to his neck and a wound to the face. A shotgun was at the foot of the bed with the barrel pointed toward the headboard.
That description was among details released Wednesday in the death of Cook, a 21-year-old father of four.
His wife, Terry Cook, 20, was charged with murder. She also faces four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and a charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety news release, an officer was sent to the couple’s apartment on Hugh Street after shots were reported about 10:30 a.m.
He entered the apartment after unanswered knocks at the door and found one of the couple’s four children behind a couch. Police said all four of the couple’s children, ages 4, 3, 1 and 4 months, were in the home at the time of the shooting.
The officer asked the child if she had heard a loud noise and she replied yes and that it came from upstairs. The officer yelled up the stairs and heard a woman respond, “Up here. He’s still breathing,” according to the report. Terry Cook then rounded the corner with blood on her hand.
Dakota Cook, who was still breathing when officers found him, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died.
North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said the couple did not have a police history of domestic disputes. The Department of Social Services, however, was involved in an ongoing case with the Cooks.
The children were released to the custody of their grandparents.