The U.S. Marshals New Orleans Task Force arrested the Federal Way man suspected of murdering a 17-year-old in May in Metaire, Louisiana Tuesday afternoon.
Shawn Thomas Cooke, 21, was charged on Sept. 23 with first-degree and second-degree murder in the killing of a Todd Beamer High School student.
Cooke is now awaiting extradition back to Washington and additional investigations are underway for potential new crimes in Louisiana, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
In May, Cooke allegedly shot and killed Cameron Wilson in the parking lot of a Domino’s Pizza on Pacific Highway East in Fife.
The Western District of Washington Violent Offender Task Force worked with Fife Police Department detectives to locate Cooke hiding out in an apartment with his girlfriend, according to the press release.
The U.S. Marshals-led Western District of Washington Violent Offender Task Force joined the Fife Police Department late last week for the hunt of Cooke.
“Investigators believe Cooke recently relocated back to the New Orleans area with the assistance of family or friends,” the release states. Investigators followed leads and tips from the public to find Cooke’s whereabouts.
“This is a great example of successful collaboration in order to bring justice after a crime of violence,” stated acting U.S. Marshal Jacob Green. “I am proud of the commitment of our investigators on the task force in Washington and Louisiana as well as the Fife Police Department who dedicated countless hours to locate this dangerous fugitive.”
The Western District of Washington Violent Offender Task Force comprises Deputy U.S. Marshals from Washington, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend violent offenders.