Dawone Cook

Dawone Cook (Booking photo)

Teen Sentenced To Probation For Fatal Shooting Streamed Live On Instagram

July 18, 2018 - 1:03 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A young Detroit man who accidentally shot and killed his friend as they were shooting a live video on Instagram has been sentenced to probation.

Appearing in court on Wednesday, 18-year-old Dawone Cook received three years probation in connection with the incident just before midnight April 2 in the 17600 block of San Juan, off Livernois Ave., on the city's west side. 

According to investigators, Cook and 18-year-old Dylan Hemphill were showing off money and weapons on Instagram. Police said Hemphill -- who had been playing with a rifle with a bayonet, then gave the weapon to Cook who was handling the bayonet when the gun discharged, striking Hemphill in the head. 

Cook called 911 and Hemphill was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Guns are not to be played with," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "It's a problem. We've seen a decline as of late, you know, with children being shot. But I guess in this instance, playing with the guns, flashing money -- just bizarre and ridiculous behavior that should not happen."

Cook pleaded guilty last month to a charge of Careless Discharge Causing Death and could have been sentenced to up to two years behind bars. 

As part of his sentence, Cook was also ordered pay restitution and perform community service.