WARREN -- They were newlyweds, but by all accounts the marriage got off to a troubled start and only worsened.
The uneasy union ended Monday when the groom fatally shot his mother-in-law in the driveway of his home in the 3700 block of Berkshire. Then, after a five-hour standoff with police, the distressed man charged out of his side door and fired his 9 mm handgun into the crowd of officers, hitting two of them in their legs. Police fired back, killing him.
The tragedy began Monday afternoon, when 48-year-old Kirk Cook called his mother-in-law and told her to pick up his wife because they'd had an argument, Warren Police Commissioner William Dywer said.
"When the mother-in-law showed up, he met her in the driveway and shot her twice in the head," Dwyer said.
Police did not release the mother-in-law's name Monday.
Cook's mother, Caroline Cook of Waterford Township, said there were problems with her son's marriage to the 21-year-old woman he'd met in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a few months ago, and that her son had been under a lot of stress lately. The couple eloped less than two weeks ago, she said.
"He was trying to save her," she said. "There was trouble from the beginning. A few weeks ago, we had a long talk; I tried to talk him out of marrying her, because he'd just met her. He promised he'd wait, but that was a lie because the next thing you know they came back from Up North and he said they were married. This was only a week and a half ago, and he's been really stressed out since then."
Caroline Cook said she wasn't aware of any animosity between her son and his mother-in-law.
"I don't know anything about her side of the family; I don't even know anything about her, other than that he met her in the AA meetings," she said.