Two Fort Bragg soldiers charged with murder: Report

From left to right, Pvt. Ferris Brown, 20, of the 4300 block of Watson Street on Fort Bragg, Pvt. Javier Rashad Johnson, 19, of the 800 block of Rumsford Place and Daivon Tahjai Chambers, 19, of the 800 block of Rumsford Place. (Fayetteville Observer)

A Fort Bragg spokesman has confirmed the involvement of two 82nd Airborne paratroopers in a September 6 murder in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Pvt. Ferris Brown, 20, and Pvt. Javier Johnson, 19, along with a third man, Daivon Chambers, 19, were arrested and processed early Saturday into the Cumberland County Detention Center on charges of of first degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, according to published reports.

“We can confirm that Privates Ferris Brown and Javier Johnson are Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division,” said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, the 82nd Airborne div.’s spokesman.

“We are aware of their arrest and are supporting the Fayetteville Police Department in this process. We will have a fuller statement when appropriate.”

The arrests come in the wake of the discovery of Dareon Tyrese Cook, 18, and Jonathan David Goodman, 32, late in the night of September 5 in a car parked at Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill, 1891 Skibo Road, as officers conducted security checks of businesses in the area, Fayetteville police said.

EMS was called to the scene and 18-year-old Dareon Tyrese Cook was pronounced dead.

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene. Goodman was taken in critical condition to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died Sept. 7, police said.

Brown, Johnson and Chambers remain in custody without bail.

Anyone with any information regarding the homicide is asked to contact Detective D. Franklin with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 723-4650 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.