(MILWAUKEE) — Police say they have arrested the former girlfriend of the gunman who allegedly shot and killed six people in a Wisconsin Sikh temple over the weekend after authorities found a gun in the home they once shared.
Milwaukee police released a statement Tuesday after the arrest of Misty Cook, saying, “In a joint investigation with the FBI, the South Milwaukee Police Department has arrested Misty Cook on the crime of felon in possession of a firearm. Charges will be sought through the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.”
A federal law enforcement official told ABC News that Cook, 31, was taken into custody on the grounds that she is prohibited from having a gun as a convicted felon. Cook was charged in 2002 for fleeing and eluding a traffic officer. There’s no indication she was involved in last Sunday’s attack.
Much like her ex-boyfriend, Wade Michael Page, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Cook was involved in white supremacy.
Cook’s relationship with Page fell apart in the weeks leading up to his alleged shooting spree at a Sikh temple. Sharon and Terry Page — who said they are unrelated to the alleged gunman — live below Cook, who at one time shared an apartment with Wade Michael Page.
According to Sharon and Terry Page, Cook and Wade moved in to the apartment on March 1, but Wade moved out in the middle of June. After that point, according to comments Cook made to Sharon, Wade virtually disappeared.
“She told us that for six weeks she hadn’t heard anything of him,” Sharon said. “That would have been about the time after he left, so she must have gotten a hold of a co-worker and said he hadn’t been at work for three weeks. She said he kind of just dropped off the face of the earth.”
Sharon and Terry Page said Cook and Wade were both quiet and “never really talked to us at all really.”
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