Man charged in death of a mother and her daughter


ST. LOUIS – A man has been charged following a shooting that killed a mother and her young daughter in Jennings Saturday. Two more daughters suffered gunshot wounds.

Police said the mother, 40-year-old Bernadette Cooper, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 8800 block of Shannon Fox Circle. Her daughter, 6-year-old Doryan Bryant, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sergeant Benjamin Granda of the St. Louis County Police Department said the 10-year-old was grazed by a bullet and has been released from the hospital. The 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder and as of Sunday at 2:00 p.m. is still in the hospital recovering.

The police said Joseph Jones, 40, was taken into custody without incident. He was the mother’s boyfriend.

He was charged on Sunday, October 11 with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, four counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held on $1,000,000 cash-only bond.

Court documents say Jones used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. He knowingly and unlawfully possessed these firearms.

On 12/15/1999, the Defendant was convicted of the felony of Possession of a Firearm during and in relation to a Drug Trafficking Offense in the United States District Count and pled guilty on 1/16/2019 to Felon in Possession of a Firearm in the United States District Court.

Probable Cause Statement
Joseph Jones (St. Louis County Police Department)

“We don’t have the length of time of their relationship. We do not have any type of criminal history or call for service history at this time. All of those factors will be dealt into by detectives as this investigation proceeds,” Granda said.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell arrived on the scene at about 6:00 p.m.

“From our standpoint, we have to do everything that we’re doing, everything so we can bring them justice,” Bell said. 

Police found two guns in the apartment but cannot directly tie them to the case currently.

Jennings Mayor Yolanda Austin is begging the community to help her and police stop these sort of crimes before they happen. She says that the community needs to “come from behind the windows” and let police know what is going on in their neighborhoods so they can curve the crime rate and take back control of their streets. 

FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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