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Third Johnstown homicide suspect turns self in

Reported By: Maria Miller
Written By: Marc Stempka

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The third man charged in the death of a Cambria County police officer recruit is in police custody after turning himself in Wednesday morning.

Johnstown police said Jaquan Watson surrendered to investigators at the Johnstown Public Safety Building Wednesday. Watson turned himself in surrounded by family.

Watson, 19, is accused of being one of three people who shot and killed 42-year-old Tyrone Williams after a confrontation outside the Oakhurst Homes in the city's Oakhurst section early Sunday morning.

Also facing charges in the case is 16-year-old Fidel Cosby and 21-year-old Richard Cook. Cook was apprehended more than a day after the shooting. Cosby turned himself into authorities Tuesday night.

Williams was a cadet at the Johnstown Police Academy and was expected to graduate in August.

Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust said with the amount of attention this case has been getting, it comes as little surprise that the two men turned themselves in.

"I think it probably had more to do with the fact it takes a lot of resources and a lot of money to be on the run," Foust said. "You have to rely on people taking care of you and so forth. [With] the seriousness of this incident, it'd be hard. You'd be hard pressed to find someone willing to stick their neck out and protect you."

Investigators said the four men were believed to be involved in some kind of confrontation before the shooting occurred. Police said Williams was walking away from the men when he was shot several times.

Police said Cook, Cosby and Watson each fired separate weapons at Williams.

Cook and Cosby are both being held in the Cambria County Prison without bond on homicide charges. Watson was expected to be arraigned on homicide charges Wednesday afternoon.

Williams' killing was the fifth homicide in Cambria County this year. It was the fourth in Johnstown, with three of those being in the Oakhurst section.

 
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