Deputies: Wounded grandpa wrestles pistol from drunk grandson

bpurser@macon.comOctober 21, 2013 

Joshua Cook

WARNER ROBINS -- A 70-year-old grandfather who was shot in his Kathleen home Sunday night by his 25-year-old grandson was able to overpower him, take away the gun and subdue him until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Meanwhile, the grandmother, who was shot once in the head, remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.

Joshua Allen Cook, of Marshallville, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime in the 10:50 p.m. incident in the 500 block of Lake Joy Road.

His grandparents, Thomas Livingston and 67-year-old Rosylin Livingston, were both taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Thomas Livingston’s condition was listed as stable Monday afternoon, and he is expected to make a full recovery, Holland said.

Cook also was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained when his grandfather fought back and struck him several times during the attack, Holland said. Cook was taken to the Houston County jail Monday morning after he was treated. He was being held Monday without bond.

Cook, who had been living with his grandparents for about a year, was intoxicated when his grandmother confronted him about his drinking and about drinking at their home, Holland said.

“He was under the influence and consuming alcohol in the home and she confronted him,” Holland said. “He lost his composure, lost his temper, and he took a gun and it escalated from there.”

Cook is accused of shooting his grandmother once in the head with a .22-caliber pistol and then finding his grandfather in the bedroom and shooting him once in the head, Holland said.

“Both victims maintained consciousness during the ordeal,” Holland said. “The grandmother called 911 and relayed what had occurred.”

She told the 911 operator that the grandson was still armed and was somewhere in the house. Meanwhile, the grandfather was able to overpower Cook, take the gun away from him and restrain him until deputies arrived, Holland said.

“The grandfather did an exceptional thing considering he’d been shot and controlled (the grandson) until we arrived on scene,” Holland said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call lead investigator Lt. Dave Carrick at 542-2080 or 542-2085.

Staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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