COVINGTON — Two members of a Covington family are dead and a third is behind bars following a domestic incident that escalated to gunfire Wednesday night.

Covington Police officers were called to a home at 3124 Usher St. at about 9 p.m. Wednesday where they found three shooting victims. Tijuana Cook, 41, a resident of the home, and her daughter, Michelle Olivia Dickerson, 23, of a Mountainview Drive address, had been shot and killed. Dickerson’s boyfriend, a resident of Conyers, was shot in the abdomen and arm outside the house and had managed to go about a block to Clark Street where he was found by police.

Arrested in connection with the shootings was Cedric Bernard Cook, 37, Tijuana Cook’s husband and stepfather to Dickerson. According to police, Cedric Cook was in some woods outside the Usher Street home when police arrived and gave himself up without incident.

Cedric Cook has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving (stolen pistol), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The male shooting victim was Lifeflighted to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims of this tragic, senseless event,” said Capt. Ken Malcom.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Cedric Cook was released from the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Wheeler County in April 2016 where he was serving a 30-year sentence for possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and sale/distribution of cocaine. Cook was convicted on those charges in Newton County in 2008.

Cook had previously served two other stints in prison, beginning in March 2003, on a variety of charges including possession of cocaine, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and motor vehicle violations.

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