October 20, 2021
Surveillance footage shows the bizarre moment two physical education teachers, ended up at the wrong apartment after a very boozy night and one even climbed into a bed with a married couple – sparking a shootout that left the homeowner with a bullet wound in the back.
Darius Tyonne Cohen, 26, and Akkua Jamel Hallback, both 26, were both fired from their jobs in the Indian River County School District, in Florida, following the incident on October 10 around 4am.
Cohen, who is facing attempted murder charges, and Hallback were at a bar in Vero Beach when Hallback met a woman and he and Cohen went to her apartment at the Preserves of Oslo.
Hallback went inside to be with the woman and Cohen waited outside for him. After a few hours passed, Hallback left the woman’s apartment and went to his car. At that point, Cohen had to use the bathroom so they went back to the woman’s apartment, but entered the wrong one, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Cohen, who taught at Indian River Academy, went to the bathroom and Hallback, who taught at Sebastian Elementary School, got into bed with who he thought was the woman, but was actually a man with his wife and one of their three young children.
According to investigators, the man tried to lead Hallback out of his home when Cohen left the bathroom. He escorted the men outside, where ‘a scuffle broke out’ and Cohen opened fire, Sheriff Eric Flowers said at a news conference on Monday.
It is unclear who owned the gun and what happened just before the shooting. ‘We don’t know who [pulled out] the gun at this point,’ Flowers said.
In surveillance video, a man is seen running across the lawn and off screen before the two teachers follow. Just after they are out of sight, four shots can be heard.
The man suffered a gunshot wound to his back and kept running until he found a friendly apartment, where he called 911.
The former teachers claimed the resident first pulled out a gun and Cohen was trying to take it from him. While police have not recovered the weapon, they searched the home where the two teachers live together and found two guns that they have yet to examine to see if they are a match to the one used in the shooting.
Cohen was fired from Indian River Academy, where he had started teaching this year
Hallback was fired from Sebastian Elementary School, where he also started teaching this year
Cohen is being charged with attempted murder and is being held at the Indian River County Jail on $750,000 bond. Hallback is being charged with drug possession as police found him with Adderall and no prescription at the time of the shooting. He has since been released on $15,000 bond.
Sheriff Flowers said that neither men have prior criminal records. David Moore, the superintendent of the Indian River County School District, said both men had undergone the proper background checks to be hired. He added that they were both new teachers and new to the community.
‘At any point, they could have stopped and called 911,’ Flowers said. ‘They could have said, “We’re in the wrong apartment and this guy’s produced a gun,” any for those things. They could have stopped, but they didn’t. They fled and they didn’t involved law enforcement in any way.’
Superintendent Moore shared Flowers’ sentiment and said, ‘There’s an expectation we have of our employees in our school district, whether its inside the classroom or whether it’s in the community and that expectation is that you conduct yourself in a way that brings light and a sense of security to our students. Unfortunately, these two individuals feel drastically short of that expectation.’
‘It’s disheartening to have this information come to light and very very disappointing for us as a school system. There is no place for us as a school system, there is no place for this in our community.’
Flowers said, ‘Ten months of being the sheriff, 18 years of being here, there’s not that many stories that sound like this,’ Flowers said.
He added that the man who was shot is expected to make a full recovery ‘and is doing well.’
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