2 charged in Falco Road shooting

Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018

After a 10-day investigation, two arrests have been made in the March 16, 2018, shooting on Falco Road near Wing, Sheriff Dennis Meeks said.

Jake Cox

Johnathon Cox

On March 16 at about 7:20 p.m., Covington County deputies responded to the call of a man shot on a dirt road south of Pleasant Home School. When deputies and rescue personnel arrived, it was determined the shooting had actually occurred at a different location on Falco Road, and the two victims had fled from the scene after being fired at by the suspects. It was also determined at least two suspects also fled from the scene at a high rate of speed after the shooting. As deputies and Advanced EMS personnel rendered aid and secured the scene, it was determined one of the victims had suffered a gunshot wound and the other was not physically injured. Covington County sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Andalusia Police Department, began a search of the area for a suspect’s vehicle. Even though one of the victims was injured, each was able to provide vital information to law enforcement both at the scene, and later at a Florida medical center. From that information, investigators developed brothers Jake Alan Cox, 18, and Johnathon Steele Cox, 20, as persons of interest.

Monday night, Jake Alan Cox and Johnathon Steele Cox surrendered to deputies at the Covington County Jail. Interviews were conducted on each by sheriff’s investigators and Covington County district attorney investigators. At the conclusion of the interviews, both were charged with attempted murder, robbery I, and shooting into an occupied vehicle. They remain in the Covington County Jail under a $650,000 bond, each.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks praised the efforts of all the law enforcement involved. “This was a great example of agencies coming together and building a case. I truly appreciate all the assistance we received. That assistance came not just from law enforcement, but the public and the victims, as well.”

Meeks went on to say that although two arrests have been made, the investigation continues.

“Earlier today, I met with a team of investigators from various agencies during which we continued to plan, and move forward with the case,” Meeks said. “This is an active investigation and although we feel very strongly about the evidence we already have, we will press on to ensure we have located everyone that may have knowledge about the crime. I understand the public wants to know more, but we simply can’t release too many details at this time as it remains an ongoing investigation.”

Sheriff Meeks encourages anyone who may have information to contact his criminal investigation division at (334)428-2640.

Meeks also expressed his appreciation to the Covington County District Attorney’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Andalusia Police Department, Covington County Drug Task Force, Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s Office, Okaloosa County Florida Sheriff’s Office, Advanced EMS, and Opp Fire Department for their valuable assistance throughout this investigation.

“We called on a number of agencies during this investigation for assistance. Each offered their full support and worked alongside our staff tirelessly,” Meeks said.