Fatal shot heard

Cook shooting video released amid debate over charges not filed

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Mesa County Sheriff’s Office—This photo shows Randy Cook about one minute before he was killed in a New Year’s Day shooting at an Orchard Mesa home. The photo is from a video taken by the man who shot Cook, Joseph Hoskins, who prosecutors said is immune from prosecution because of the state’s so-called Make My Day law. The Daily Sentinel obtained the video through a Colorado Open Records Act request. The video can be viewed in unedited form at http://www.GJSentinel.com. It contains extremely disturbing content, profanity and violence. An audio portion of the video captures the shooting death of Cook. Viewer discretion is advised.



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Below is the unedited video held as evidence in the Randy Cook shooting investigation. This video contains extremely disturbing content, profanity and graphic violence. Be advised, the audio portion of the video captures the shooting death of a man. The video was provided Monday to The Daily Sentinel by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office under the Colorado Open Records Act. Discretion is advised.



A handheld video camera captured Randy Cook walking away from a New Year’s Day melee at an Orchard Mesa home before he was followed outside and taunted by his eventual shooter, Joseph Hoskins.

The video shows Cook turning around and appearing to fight with Hoskins, with the struggle spilling back inside the house.

A single, fatal shot is heard roughly a minute later.

The Daily Sentinel obtained the video from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office under the Colorado Open Records Act as debate continues, particularly on social media, on District Attorney Pete Hautzinger’s decision not to bring charges in Cook’s death.

Hautzinger last Wednesday announced his conclusion that Hoskins, who admitted to authorities that he shot Cook, is immune from prosecution under Colorado’s Make My Day law. Hoskins owns the home at 2846 Unaweep Ave., where Cook was fatally shot and where Hoskins recorded some of the events that night.

The video was key to the investigation because it shows uninvited entry into the home twice by Cook and others, contradicting several eyewitness accounts, Hautzinger said.

“They were all wrong about that detail,” he said.

Hoskins, who declined an in-depth interview with Mesa County sheriff’s investigators, provided a five-page statement to law enforcement saying he decided to start recording things after observing Vic Brizzolara, 40, using a camera during the initial stages of the altercation outside the house.

That second video by Brizzolara, a friend of Cook’s also at the home that night, never emerged in the investigation, Hautzinger said.

Authorities have alleged that Kevin Eardley, owner of Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club, Cook and others had forced their way into Hoskins’ home before things settled down, only to escalate once again. They were reportedly fighting about disparaging comments Hoskins allegedly made about Eardley on Facebook.

” ... Fighting in my house, made me grab my gun,” Hoskins is heard saying on the video.

“Don’t close my door (gay slur) ... Randy where are you going? ... You grab my gun in my house,” Hoskins is heard saying on the video as he follows Cook outside, the 23-minute video shows.

The sound indicates Hoskins seems to have slipped on ice in his driveway, and Cook can be heard re-engaging the fight.

Authorities believe Hoskins put the camera in his pocket during a rough minute of chaos, profanities and sounds of struggle. From that point on, the incident only can be heard and not seen, including the actual shooting. Someone calls 911 as a dispatcher starts repeating, “hello?”

A single shot is heard.

“Call the cops, call the cops,” a man believed to be Hoskins is heard saying on the video.

Forensic analysis by the Sheriff’s Office showed Cook was standing in the master bedroom when shot.

Hoskins and his then-girfriend, Brickell Clark, are heard in the chaotic minutes that followed.

“Move his feet, hurry move his feet hurry,” Clark says, barricading themselves in the bedroom and shutting the door.

Hoskins is later heard to say, “they pushed their way into our house, they pushed their way in twice, two separate occasions ... they started leaving, then they came back in again, after everyone went out, just tell the truth.”


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Possession of a gun in the heat of anger leads to yet another tragic death. Get used to it, because this is now an undeniable hallmark of the “American Way of Life.”

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