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July 15, 2014

Three charged in connection with Oakhurst fatal shooting

JOHNSTOWN — Three people have been charged in connection with Sunday’s deadly shooting in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown.

Jaquan Watson, 19, of Oakhurst, and Fidel Lamar Cosby, 15, of Dorothy Avenue, were charged with criminal homicide before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown.

Richard A. Cook, 21, of Napoleon Street, was arraigned Tuesday by on-call District Judge Galen Decort of Cresson on a charge of  criminal homicide. Cook was sent to the Cambria County Prison, where he is being held without bond.

Cosby turned himself in to police around

6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He was taken for his arraignment later Tuesday evening. In addition to homicide, he is charged with aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license.

Police still were looking for Watson.

City police said Tyrone Williams, 42, who lived on Grass Street in the West End, was shot multiple times near Grandinetti Avenue and Daniel Street. Williams was set to graduate in six weeks from the Johnstown Regional Police Academy in Richland Township.

In a criminal complaint, city police said Williams was looking for someone in the Oakhurst section when Watson, Cook and Cosby began firing handguns.

“Williams began to run and crossed Grandinetti Avenue and headed up the hill toward Daniel Street, where he fell and was later found by police,” the complaint says.

“Richard Cook had a revolver and was to have fired several shots at Williams and

Fidel Cosby had a larger black handgun with a laser sight

and he had fired several rounds at Williams.”

One resident who identified herself only as Becky said she heard shots, looked out the window and saw Williams on the ground.

“I heard five shots and I looked out the window and saw Mr. Williams lying on the sidewalk,” she said. “His face was beat up. The back of his shirt was filled with blood.

“I was very scared because I never saw anything like that,” she said. “No matter what he did he never deserved any of this. He was a very nice and respectful gentleman.”

Police were told Williams was in the area searching for a woman when he approached several people near Building 28.

A confrontation followed after Williams approached the group a second time.

One man struck Williams before he was shot, police said.

Williams died at the scene.

Cook and Watson also are charged with aggravated assault and illegally carrying firearms.

Cambria County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of Watson.

The crime stoppers number is 800-548-7500.

Callers may remain anonymous.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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