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In Augusta: Accused Cop-Killer’s Mom Says Shooting is the Officer’s Fault


Regina OsborneThe mother of accused cop-killer Na’eem Caldwell claims her son shot RCSO Cpl. Gregory Cooke in defense of his father.

In fact, Regina Osborne (pictured) blames the officer’s death on his own over-reaction to being called “soldier” by her estranged husband. She made the claims in an exclusive interview Friday night with The Jail Report.

Ms. Osborne said she wanted the truth to come out about the officer’s death. She especially wants to make it clear she was not having sex with the off-duty officer on Thursday.

Here is the story she tells:

Caldwell, NNa’eem Caldwell, her 17-year-old son, got beat up early Tuesday and Cpl. Cooke was the one who talked with her about the possibly gang-related incident. It was the first time Ms. Osborne met the officer, and he gave her his card and his personal cell phone number. The officer wanted to pursue something with Ms. Osborne and help her son find the attackers.

On Thursday, he came to her house on Lennox Drive while off duty to take her to nearby BBQ place. By then she knew he was married, but he said the marriage was falling apart and she accepted that.

As they were sitting inside Cooke’s truck preparing to go, a vehicle pulled up with her estranged husband Stevie Caldwell, her son Naeem and her nephew Donelle Osborne.

Cooke picture picStevie Caldwell got into an argument with Cooke because Caldwell called him “soldier.”

“You didn’t have a problem with me calling you soldier, did you?” Stevie Caldwell said.

Cooke replied, “I do have a problem because I am not a soldier. You obviously don’t know who the hell I am.”

“I don’t care who you are. I was just trying to make sure you are all right,” Stevie Caldwell responded.

At this point, Cooke (pictured at right) was standing near Caldwell’s car.

“Mr. Cooke jumped out of his truck with his gun in his hand, stood next to Mr. Caldwell’s car, saying he had a problem,” Ms. Osborne said. “Mr. Cooke had the gun out visible. Everyone saw it.”

Ms. Osborne says she was sitting in Mr. Cooke’s truck, looking down at her cell phone, thinking it’s wasn’t a big deal.

“Come on, let’s go ahead and go,” she told Cooke.

Suddenly, she heard a gunshot. She thought Cooke had shot himself in the leg. Then she heard more.

“Pop, pop, pop, pop.”

Cooke went around his vehicle and fell, and he was on the ground, Ms. Osborne said.

“I was trying to help Mr. Cooke out and called 911, and told them it was a cop. He had been shot.”

She said a dispatcher talked her through it. She put pressure on his arm, but there was blood gushing from his neck. He looked like he was going through a seizure. She put her finger in his mouth to make sure he didn’t swallow his tongue.

“I was trying to keep him awake. He acted like he was about to go to sleep. He sounded like he was snoring,” Ms. Osborne said.

“Stay with me,” she told him. “Wake up. Wake up.”

She says he was still alive when the ambulance arrived. Authorities say he died at the hospital.

But she feels like the sheriff’s office is coming after her son with the murder charge because Cooke was a deputy.

“I feel as if it is his fault because he shouldn’t have got out of the car with a gun. He was the only one who had a gun out,” she said. “He overreacted at Mr. Caldwell calling him a soldier.”

suspects in deputy Cooke shootingMs. Osborne said she learned that her son was the one who shot Cooke, in an apparent effort to protect his father.

“He was afraid Mr. Cooke was trying to kill his dad,” Ms. Osborne said.

Na’eem Caldwell (left) and his cousin, Donelle Osborne (right), then fled the home, scared of what would happen.

Ms. Osborne had a lot more to say about her son, why he had a gun, and her sadness over Cpl. Cooke’s death and all the arrests. The Jail Report will tell you more in the coming days.

4 MOREMeanwhile, six people have been charged in Deputy Cooke’s death, including Na’eem Caldwell and Donelle Osborne, who are charged with malice murder. Stevie Caldwell (bottom right photo) is charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Three other teens are accused of hindering the apprehension of a criminal: Neqwaun O’Neal Roberson, 18, (top left photo); Demerius Taquon Hunter, 17 (top right), and Nikeyla Reeves, 17 (bottom left).

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


      • A set up to kill a cop and go to jail….you made a dumb statement.
        Let me tell you something sista cause you think life is a game…do you realize you can be a good person your whole life and make one mistake that can get your freedom taken or your life.. egos and pride are the reason foir stuff like that that man is working a case and had no business pushing up on that women stupid games WIN stupid prizes….# google bluewallofsilence and you will see why cops get acquitted of murdering minorities

      • A set up to kill a cop and go to jail….you made a dumb statement.
        Let me tell you something sista cause you think life is a game…do you realize you can be a good person your whole life and make one mistake that can get your freedom taken or your life.. egos and pride are the reason foir stuff like that that man is working a case and had no business pushing up on that women stupid games WIN stupid prizes….# google bluewallofsilence and you will see why cops get acquitted of murdering minorities… so to be simple cops protect and serve there gang before justice so I have no sympathy for them.

        • Go clean up the streets then, brutha or shut your cake hole. This time it has nothing to do with your agenda. You’re a silly little kid with an Internet connection and an opinion. That’s it.

          • Lol I promise you I am more than that…in fact I got tired of your comments and I decided to engage with you…believe me I am not a kid and every thing I tell you is fact as I am no troll you have been disrespectful and the universe has sent me to let you know…you have also been sending me comments since last night…i have successfully been on your mind my job is done….. now I have given you all the truthful knowledge I can and you call me a kid behind a computer. My job is done i will not respond to you anymore….(this will eat you up inside)

          • You made me spit out good bourbon. You’re of no consequence except in your own mind. Nice try, kid.

        • How do you know for sure the Officer was pushing himself on her? He was a married man, and I wouldn’t doubt if he didn’t even say anything about his marriage problems to her, if he even had any. Gangsters are all in need of eradicating or extinguishing because of their hateful attitudes towards life and their disgusting lifestyles. They are all hell bent to be better than the rest when in fact none of them are worth a sht.

  1. Yeah I really believe that this was over the word ” Soldier “. Firstly I must reveal that I am a former Federal investigator that knew Deputy Greg Cooke personally. Haven’t said all of that, in my humble opinions, I feel that a hell of a lot of details are missing. On the morning of the alleged assault of her son, did Cpl Cooke talk with the alleged victim, if so he would have known who Cpl Cooke so. If the alleged victim was not there, why was he? Next, as soon as this alleged incident between Cpl. Cooke and her ” estranged husband, why didn’t she immediately get out of the truck, to clear up any misunderstanding?? Then the case of the gun that appeared out of no where. According to Osborne ” He, Cpl Cooke, was the only one with a gun”. The one thing clearly wrong with that statement is that Cpl. Cooke was not shot with his own weapon, so if she is wrong about that, what else is she wrong about?
    The she says that she will explain why the gun that wasn’t there, her son had possession of. To round this up. In my personal and professional experience, this does not pass the smell test. This appears to be an attempt to sway public opinion by unsubstantiated allegations and besmirching the character of Cpl. Cooke. I think that until otherwise reliable sources and evidence is brought forward, I will defend Cpl Cooke’s memory. Bring it on.

    • Let the facts arrive, Clouseau. All this sounds like so far, is a booty call in the hood gone bad. The RCSO doesn’t need any more scandal; IQ certainly doesn’t flock to its doors as it is. Defend; but don’t be so quick to defend stupid behavior. God bless the men in blue, but also insist they act with honor. So far, this doesn’t sound too honorable. Or intelligent.

    • Shut up man you wasn’t there…that officer got what he deserved….why you here trying to say what happened and what didnt….
      trying to push up on a women when you are a cop is weak and shows why his marriage was in troube thinkinf with that other head as you probly do to then wanna flex that police talk… We don’t support the BLUEWALLOFSILENCE IN WHICH I HAVE SEEN OFFICERS USE.. IF A SO CALLED GOOD COP TELLS ON A BAD COP THE GOOD COP IS THEN OUTCAST SO IT NEVER HAPPENS AND IN ORDER FOR EVIL TO WIN IN THIS UNIVERSE GOOD MUST DO NOTHING ….. WHICH EXACTLY WHY WE DON’T SUPPORT ANY OVERSEER OOPS I MEAN OFFICER…..SPOOKY SIMILARITY HUH…#YOUNGPHAROAH

      • ..and neither were you. The #youngpharoah is a joke. You’re a young, unproven, uninformed, uninteresting, unintelligent, unintelligible, unfortunate, unremarkable and illiterate little kid who thinks a hash tag can replace intelligence or contribution. You go wrestle crackheads and degeneration nation all night then chime in. Try getting literate then try to school someone. Or go watch a YouTube video on manhood.

        • BLACKJACK YOU SEEM HOSTILE….center your chakra… and…wait…for…it….. now you seem to just insult without responding to facts i present you with… this is not a battle of wits, it is of knowledge(in which you are still unarmed) in which you havent disproved anything but I know you’ve googled it…. My knowledge is that of the sun and the universe passed down from the most high.. and it is to wake my people up…and yes if melanin is present my classes are not only for “crackhead and “degenerates” as you say, but for all MY people…. y
          how you have just assumed who I teach…you can’t help it….ps. that was racist….p.s. Christ spent a lot of time with drug addicts and degenerates as I will to because they are my people and they are people……you are either a flat out racist or bigot…thank you the more you talk the more you reveal yourself.#Young Pharoah…. If you were smart you would google the name and see it’s almost over for you all… back the universe will not allow us to lose

      • “An ignorant mind is precisely not a spotless, empty vessel, but one that’s filled with the clutter of irrelevant or misleading life experiences, theories, facts, intuitions, strategies, algorithms, heuristics, metaphors, and hunches that regrettably have the look and feel of useful and accurate knowledge”.-Dunning (go Google the Dunning – Kruger effect…since I’m certain you’re ignorant of its meaning.. you seem to be afflicted by it)

    • It doesn’t make sense on how her estranged husband and son just pull up at the perfect time. I believe this woman just wants to play the victim. I have help from RCSO in regards to my child and that officer is still breathing. I think this woman set up this officer or maybe tried to get back at her estranged husband and used this officer for revenge. And if she stayed in the vehicle and her estranged husband didn’t know this officer, then how would her husband know what vehicle to approach to begin with? I think that it is tasteless on how she is making a horrible situation for this officer’s family worse. Shame on her. And if there was only one gun then why did her estranged husband get arrested for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. I believe she set this officer up with her husband and son and she didn’t think it would go that far. I believe she thought an argument over her would happen or maybe just a fight. Maybe it was her that wanted to pursue the officer and he rejected her and this was her payback for the rejection. Who knows and all I have to go by is how professional the RCSO has been when I needed them. Its funny that she is talking more than her son and estranged husband. Where is their side of the story?

  2. I think this whole story was fabricated and full of natural born sht.
    Deputy Cooke was an Officer trying to help in a situation but something
    went sour and the boy got trigger happy. I can almost bet the Officer
    didn’t even fire his gun and I doubt he even pulled it out. Thugs being
    thugs, that’s what this is. This so called woman trying to act as if this

    man was hitting on her is a disgrace to the human population :/

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