Officials release details in St. Johns County shooting

Kahlil R. Cooke, 20, shot after trying to rob drug dealers, police say

By Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group

Sarah Mounir Itani and Dalton James Faulkner.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released details about a drug deal that ended with the shooting death of a 20-year-old man. 

Saturday, two people were arrested for their part in the shooting death of a St. Johns County man Saturday night on Hickory Forrest Road, but officials said they are still searching for the shooter.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office officials said Kahlil R. Cooke was shot late in the afternoon and taken to Baptist South Hospital, but he later died.

Deputies said following an overnight investigation, Dalton James Faulkner, 23, and Sarah Mounir Itani, 17, were arrested and charged with non-premeditated murder and robbery, but added that neither was the person who fired the weapon that killed Cooke.

According to Cooke's arrest report, he, Faulkner, Itani and two other people planned to rob two men that they arranged to buy a pound of marijuana from. The plan, according to the report, was for Cooke to use a set of brass knuckles supplied by Faulkner to beat them with. While the group was inspecting the marijuana, Itani distracted the dealers and that's when Cooke and another unarmed man started beating them, police said. 

During the course of the assault, one of the dealers pulled out an assault rifle and shot Cooke, police said. 

According to the arrest report, Cooke's friends took him to Baptist South Medical Center, where he died. 

The Sheriff's Office said the shooter left the area in a black, four-door Chevrolet dually-style pickup truck. Deputies are now searching for more information on the whereabouts of that vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office said it believes it has identified the unnamed people with Cooke and the men with the marijuana. 

Faulkner was charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly ditching the brass knuckles. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477.

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