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Forum News Service, Published June 20 2013

Suspect, already in jail, named in 2012 Wisconsin homicide

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Superior police announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested in Chicago in the 2012 murder of Toriano Dawen Cooper.

Tiawain Albert Johnson, 21, who originally is from Chicago but was living in Superior at the time of the shooting, was already in jail Monday in Chicago on an unrelated charge when a warrant was issued in Douglas County for his arrest alleging first-degree intentional homicide in the Cooper case.

Illinois authorities notified Superior police that Johnson already was in custody. He is in Illinois’ Cook County Jail awaiting extradition procedures.

Cooper was shot and killed outside a residence on Jan. 15, 2012, apparently in retaliation for a robbery during a previous drug deal.

According to Superior police, the murder investigation uncovered that the robbery took place a few weeks before the shooting. Information acquired during the investigation suggested that Cooper may have participated in a robbery of Johnson in which narcotics and money were taken. Johnson was aware of Cooper’s identity, police said, and the shooting is believed to be an act of retaliation for the robbery.