Joseph Cooley, Shoreline Shooting Suspect, Turns Himself In

Cooley is charged with shooting and killing Tiana Montgomery and seriously wounding Darrold Edwards last Wednesday.


Shoreline homicide suspect Joseph Cooley, 20, turned himself at the King County Jail Sunday night, according to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

Cooley is charged with the shooting and killing of 17-year-old Shorecrest senior Tiana Montgomery of Lake Forest Park and seriously wounding 18-year-old Shorewood senior Darrold Edwards while they were at the Maplewood Court Apartments parking lot at 328 Richmond Beach Road.

Bail was set Friday at $2 million for Cooley. He has been charged by prosecutors with murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the second degree.

Cooley, who worked at medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, had no documented criminal history prior to the incident, according to prosecutors. However, prosecutors also wrote that Cooley "repeatedly shot at one of the victims for no apparent reason. In the process of this assault, he took the life of a completely innocent bystander. 

The shooting took place after an argument between Montgomery and a friend of Cooley's while a cell phone was being returned to the friend of Cooley's, according to the detective's narrative. Cooley confronted Edwards and pulled a handgun out of his waistband and pulled the slide out. Edwards got out of the SUV to confront Cooley and Cooley shot him in the knee. Edwards turned and jumped back into the passenger side of the SUV and was shot twice in the back. Montgomery drove the SUV out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed and then realized she had been shot. When she became unconcious, Edwards got into the driver's seat and drove toward the Shoreline Police station where he was contacted by officers.

A witness later said Cooley said he shot Edwards in the leg and torso because he was getting "buck" or disrespected. Cooley also fired on the SUV driven by Montgomery and she was struck with a single gunshot to the torso and later died of the wound at Harborview. 

Police found four spent shell casings, one live round and some broken bottles in the parking lot, according to the report. They also found damaged cars that appeared to have been struck by the SUV as it was leaving the apartment complex.

Edwards spoke to detectives at the hospital and identified Cooley as the shooter, as did two other witnesses. Edwards is now in satisfactory condition at Harborview.

Kay Swan May 26, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Man was this kid on drugs? Why the hell would he just pull a gun out over a cell phone? Absolutly discusting!
JUDI May 27, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I hope this dam no home training ass kid suffers everyday of his life in prison,i hope he ends up being someones BITCH in prison. and after his life ends here may HE BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE R HIS PARENTS IT IS THE PARENTS JOB TO MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS DONT DO THINGS LIKE THIS!!!!!talk,teach and love them and this would not happen I WOULD BLAME HIS MOTHER!!!!!!
Demar Brodie Cooley January 07, 2013 at 07:54 PM
how can you talk about someone you know nothing about thats my cus....how can you say things about his mom when shes hurting to, you know nothing about that day or him so stay in your lane and let god take him where he takes him and on some real you sending your self to hell wishing someone else there..


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