MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man accused of murdering a woman in early October is wanted by the U.S. Marshals.
On October 6, Shaneka Harvell, a mother of five, was found shot to death in a home in the 2000 block of Prospect. Three days later, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 42-year-old Timmie Cooperwood on a first-degree murder charge.
Harvell’s family told WREG she was alone with her kids when an ex-boyfriend got in through a bathroom window.
Harvell was shot and killed with her children ages five to 11 nearby. In fact, it was her young children who called family members and told them what happened.
“(He) killed her in front of the children so just an extremely heinous crime. This guy definitely needs to be off the streets,” Tyreece Miller, of the U.S. Marshal for Western District of Tennessee, said.
Cooperwood is the father of Harvell’s children, authorities said. He also has warrants out for aggravated stalking, being a convicted felon of possession of a gun, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Miller said things escalated between Harvell and Cooperwood which led to him killing her.
“They tend to escalate their actions from verbal and emotional abuse and it escalates up to physical violence and in this particular case it escalated up to killing her in front of her children,” Miller said.
Miller sent a warning Tuesday. He said the period after ending an abusive relationship is often the most dangerous, urging vigilance, as law enforcement now pursues justice for Harvell’s family.
“We certainly think he has the capability to travel, but he could still be in the Memphis area. So, we want everyone to just be on the look out for him,” Miller said.
If you know where he is, call (901) 544-3304.