Police Make Arrest in Shooting of Prichard Businessman Cozy Brown

Police have arrested a 20-year-old from Mobile for the shooting of a beloved businessman in Prichard.

Darnell Bernard Tillman of Mobile was arrested on Thursday morning at a relative’s friend’s house in Mobile.  Tillman is accused of shooting Cozy Brown, a popular local figure in the Prichard community.

The shooting happened on the night of June 16th at Cozy Brown’s Kitchen on Wasson Avenue near St. Stephen’s Road. According to police, the motive for the shooting was robbery.

Brown was shot multiple times and spent several days in the hospital. Luckily, he has returned to work and is recovering from his injuries.

As he was led away Tillman offered an apology to Mr. Brown.

“I accept that. I am glad that his heart leads him to want to apologize,” said Brown. “And I am thankful I accept that apology and I would like to talk to the young man face to face.”

For Tillman, this is not his first run-in with law enforcement.

He currently has an outstanding case in Mobile District Court for Burglary 2nd degree. According to court documents, the incident occurred in January of this year and he was arrested on June 29th and later bonded out on July 1st. A preliminary hearing in that case is set for August 15th.


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