Photographer Who Was Charged With Shooting Dallas Baby Photographer Dies in Jail
A photographer accused of shooting and killing a newborn baby in Dallas has died in jail, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office said Tuesday.
The Dallas Police Department said Tuesday that Joshua Cole, 35, died in the Dallas Medical Center on Tuesday after a five-day stay.
Cole was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant in the shooting death of Jamiel Shaw, who was born March 1.
Cole is the son of the photographer and a photographer for The Dallas Morning News.
Shaw was shot by Cole on March 13 and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Colemans father, James Cole Jr., told The Dallas Observer in December that he was upset that his son was not with his family and was worried for the safety of the infant.
“He felt like he was being threatened, like he had no rights,” James Coleman told the newspaper.
“We are still mourning for the loss of Jameel and our heart goes out to his family.”
Colemans arrest came on the same day the U.S. Justice Department announced a $1.2 million civil rights settlement against Colemens parents for wrongful arrest, assault and battery.
The civil suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
On Monday, the NAACP, ACLU and the Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the Colemands.
Cole, a freelance photographer, had been employed by The Dallas News since 2013.
He had worked at the paper since 2014 and began working as a freelance journalist in 2017.
His arrest was announced by the Justice Department in a news release that read, “Today, we announce a civil rights investigation and a settlement in the case of Jarell Shaw, an infant shot and killed by Joshua Colemann, who is the father of the child.
The facts of this case are tragic and the circumstances surrounding the incident are clear.
The investigation will identify any additional evidence that should be made public.”
“The investigation will continue to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding this shooting,” the statement continued.
“In the interim, we ask that the public respect the family’s privacy during this time.”
Shay’s mother, Stephanie Shaw, said the news was a “tremendous disappointment” and expressed regret for Colemains actions.
“We are thankful that we have a family who cares for us,” she told the Associated Press.
“He hurt our son, he hurt my son.
It was so sad.
I hope we don’t lose our child because of what happened.”