Suspected killer of pregnant woman in domestic incident found dead

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are saying that the man who is suspected of killing a pregnant woman during a domestic incident in Richmond Thursday was found dead in Christiansburg, Virginia Friday morning.

Police said that Terrell D. Cook, 28, of Overbrook Road died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also identified Jawanda F. Johnson, 26 of Fairfield Avenue as the victim who was killed Thursday afternoon at a south Richmond apartment complex.

Police say they were called to the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive at roughly 2:40 p.m. for a reported shooting incident. When officers arrived, they found a female victim who had been shot. She was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died. Police sources tell 8News the victim was 5-and-a-half months pregnant.

Court records show that Cook was previously convicted of child abuse.

Cook pleaded guilty in 2013 to felony charges that he seriously injured a child and was sentenced to five years and four months in jail, but five years of his sentence were suspended.

Police say that three children were present at the time of the murder, along with an adult female but they were all unharmed.

Neighbors are asking other community members to speak up and say something.

“The community needs to come together and take action and take notification of the things that people say and do, like threats and view text messages, and listen to what other family members say,” neighbor Shana Le Master told 8News.

No other details have been released at this time.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Det. G. Russell at (804) 646-7715 or Major Crimes Det. Sgt. A. Jackson at (804) 646-0606 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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