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Franklin man shoots Rachel Cooke, then himself after US Marshals track him to Kentucky

Indianapolis Star 6/3/2022 Jake Allen, Indianapolis Star

A man police believe killed his girlfriend in Greenwood on Thursday fatally shot himself after being tracked to Kentucky by the US Marshal Service. 

Rachel E. Cooke, 35, was found with several fatal gunshot wounds inside her apartment about 5 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor reported hearing gunfire, said Matthew Fillenwarth, assistant chief of police with the Greenwood Police Department.  

Greenwood police investigate the city's first homicide of the year at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Nicklaus Drive on June 2, 2022. © Jake Allen/IndyStar Greenwood police investigate the city's first homicide of the year at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Nicklaus Drive on June 2, 2022.

Early into the investigation witnesses gave a detailed description of a man seen leaving the apartment shortly after the gunshots were heard. 

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Detectives identified a 35-year-old man who lives in Franklin as a suspect based on interviews with Cooke's friends, who told officers the pair were in a romantic relationship. Both worked at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Facility.

“We do not believe that this was a random act of violence ... We are working every lead," Fillenwarth said Thursday evening. 

The suspect was waiting for Cooke at her apartment when she arrived home from work about 30 minutes before the shooting. 

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Investigators, with the help of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, tracked the suspect to Kentucky on Interstate 65 headed south, a news release states.

Kentucky State Police located the suspect's vehicle traveling south on I-65 outside of Bowling Green and initiated a traffic stop.

The man pulled the car to a stop, then fatally shot himself with a handgun. 

Police are withholding the man's identity until next of kin is notified, the news release stated.

Danny Osborne, a resident of the complex for four years, grew up in Greenwood and said he was disturbed to learn of the homicide.  

“This is normally a really quiet complex,” Osborne said. “Jeez, that's kind of shocking.” 

Earlier this year a woman was fatally shot in Greenwood by officers. That shooting was declared justified after an investigation. 

Monica Vaught was pursued by police the night of March 29 shortly after officials say the 49-year-old did not pull over on South Madison Avenue by officers who were responding to a 911 call about a suspected intoxicated driver. The pursuit ended in the Greenwood Police Department’s parking lot. Officers said Vaught tried to ram them with her vehicle before she was shot.  

Contact Jake Allen at  jake.allen@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jake_Allen19

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