SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – There has been a shooting near the intersection of Main St & W 21st Street around 8:00 or 8:30 PM. MAP
The shooting has not officially been classified as a homicide yet but police said the victim is deceased. Officials are waiting for the TBI to arrive to investigate. As we understand it, the victim left the roadway and impacted a tree after the shooting which may have occurred on Main St. We believe the shooting involved one male, his age is unknown. We will provide more updates as they become available.
Smokey would like to convey our sympathy to the family and friends of the victim.
The Springfield Police have released the name of the victim, Ronald L. Chatman age 29 of Springfield, better known as ‘Jolly.’
The police report states that at approximately 7:42 PM officers were dispatched to the area of 2017 South Main St in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, Chatman was found inside of his vehicle deceased. Chatman appeared to have possible bullet wounds to his upper body.
Springfield Police Detectives are investigating the case.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Springfield Police at 615-384-8422 or crime stoppers at 615-382-3799. All information is anonymous and crime stoppers will pay up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest.
UPDATE: October 15th 2013:
Police Investigate Tevin “Turk” Harris As Possible Suspect In Chatman Murder
At approximately 12:41 AM Oct. 15, 2013 Tevin “Turk” Harris was arrested and charged with the murder of Thomas D. Smith. Now police say he is being considered as a suspect in the shooting death of Chatman.
Smokey Spoke to Police Chief David Thompson Tuesday afternoon October 15th, the Chief indicated that during Harris’s arrest a gun and a cell phone were taken in as evidence. The Chief said that Harris’s gun is being put through ballistics to determine if the gun was used in any other murders. He went on to say that investigators will be specifically comparing retrieved rounds from Chatman’s murder to the gun taken during Harris’s arrest.
At the moment Harris has not been charged with Chatman’s murder. The Chief said the case will be presented to the Robertson County Grand Jury for a possible indictment, depending on the outcome of ballistics.