AP NEWS

2 adults shot; 2 children died from smoke; man in custody

July 10, 2019
1 of 3
A police officer talks with two bystanders, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. Police investigating the shooting death of a man in a vacant lot say they also found the bodies of a woman and two children in a nearby house. Authorities aren't saying how the three found inside the house Tuesday died, but they did say the four deaths are connected. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two neighbors died from gunshots while two children found dead in one of the victim’s home died from smoke inhalation from a fire set in the house, a coroner said Wednesday.

Police later said they had taken a man into custody and planned to reveal more about aggravated murder charges they plan to file during a news conference on Thursday.

The man’s identity wasn’t released and few other details have been revealed about the Tuesday morning discovery of the bodies. Relatives said the two neighbors, a man and a woman, didn’t really know each other.

Officers first found David Cousin Jr. shot to death in a vacant lot and then found the bodies of the three others in a nearby house where they smelled smoke inside, police said. Officers said they went in the house after seeing the children through a window.

Cousin, 35, was shot in the head and chest and 25-year-old Takeyra Collins was shot in the back and stomach, authorities said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the youngest victims as 2-year-old Aubree Stone and 6-year-old Armond Johnson Jr., but it did not indicate their relationship with Collins.

Family members of both victims told cleveland.com that Collins was a house cleaner who was raising her two children and Cousin owned a home remodeling company.

Police in Cleveland say they are trying to question "some persons of interest" in connection with the deaths of four people found Tuesday morning. (July 9)
All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.