Victim’s own gun used to kill him in homicide
by Cameron Steele
Star Staff Writer
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Anniston police said Monday Ohatchee resident Johnny Cook was killed with his own gun during an argument he had with his girlfriend’s son early Saturday morning.

Timothy Gladden Jr., 18, remained in police custody Monday after being charged with Cook’s murder.

According to police, Cook, 30, was arguing with Gladden late Friday evening and early Saturday morning at a residence in the 400 block of West 29th Street.

Capt. Richard Smith said Gladden wanted Cook to drive him somewhere but Cook refused. When the fight began to escalate, Cook took a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun from his car but eventually put it back, Smith said.

Between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the argument resumed. According to Smith, that’s when Gladden took Cook’s gun out of his car and shot Cook in the chest. A witness called an ambulance but then decided to drive Cook to Regional Medical Center, where he died at 2:36 a.m.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said Cook’s body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.

Police and crime lab investigators responded to the scene 30 minutes after the shooting. Smith said Gladden’s mother contacted police to tell them her son was willing to turn himself in. Police arrested him at an apartment in Norwood Homes.

In October 2002, Gladden’s father was shot to death, but police were never able to charge anyone for the crime.

The police report lists Gladden as an Eastaboga resident, but Smith said he had been living in Anniston.

Police also said Cook lived off and on in Anniston.

Gladden was transferred Monday to the Calhoun County Jail from the Anniston City Jail. Bond is set at $300,000.

Contact star staff writer Cameron Steele at 256-235-3562

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