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Two Teens Charged with Violent Gun Crimes in East Nashville

2/17/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A 17-year-old wounded in the leg during an exchange of gunfire with a 20-year-old man Tuesday afternoon in the 600 block of Dew Street is now in juvenile detention on a charge of attempted murder. Brian Cook Jr. will be booked into the adult system in the near future after having been previously adjudicated as an adult in Montgomery County.

The 20-year-old man was critically wounded. Cook was hit in the leg and was arrested after he was released from the hospital.

Tuesday’s gunfire was the latest crime involving Cook, who is also charged with shooting another 20-year-old man in the leg Sunday evening while attempting to rob him and his girlfriend as the victims sat in a car at the Shell Market, 1001 Shelby Avenue. Cook and his alleged accomplice, subsequently identified as Demontaz Jones, 15, fled the market in a Ford Fusion that had been reported stolen earlier on Sunday.

On Tuesday, officers assigned to the TITANS (The Investigative Team Addressing Neighborhood Shootings) component of the Specialized Investigations Division spotted Jones on South 6th Street and took him into custody, knowing that he was wanted on especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery charges stemming from Sunday’s incident. He was carrying a loaded stolen pistol at the time of his arrest.

Both teens remain under investigation in regard to similar robberies/shootings. Additional charges against both are anticipated.

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Brian Cook Jr.
Brian Cook Jr., 17

Demontaz Jones, 15
Demontaz Jones, 15