Logan Lepard (background) died of a gunshot wound Saturday night, Sept. 8. Paul D. Coffman, Jr. (inset) is being held on murder charges. Photos contributed.
UPDATE 09/10/2018, 10:30 a.m. CDT: According to Detective Jody Lockhart, suspect Paul Coffman asked that Logan Lepard come to his house "to settle a beef." Lepard arrived with three other individuals -- a male and two females -- who remained in the vehicle while Lepard got out to talk to Coffman. Det. Lockhart stated that Coffman has not said what caused the disagreement.
Sept. 9, 2018 – The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late Saturday night on Lewis Chapel leaving one man dead.
Logan Lepard, 21, of Sequatchie County, died of a gunshot wound, and Paul D. Coffman, Jr., also 21, of 5398 Henson Gap Rd., was arrested on suspicion of criminal homicide, according to Detective Jody Lockhart.
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Coffman's home on Henson Gap at 11:22 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on a report from Coffman's sister of shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found Lepard lying “partially in the ditch and partially in the roadway” in front of the residence, Det. Lockhart said Sunday.
“The victim had sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest,” he said.
Coffman was taken into custody without incident, and Lepard was transported by Puckett EMS to Erlanger Sequatchie, where he died of his injuries.
“During the investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Coffman fired several rounds from a 9mm handgun, striking the victim,” Lockhart said. “The shooting occurred in the roadway in front of the suspect's residence.”
Officers determined that the victim had been unarmed, Lockhart said.
Coffman was booked into the Sequatchie County Jail on a charge of criminal homicide and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Sept. 21.
The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation.