Richard Goodman Sr., 47, allegedly shot his son Richard Goodman Jr., 23, at their residence on Parker Lane, according to the Middlesboro Police Department. Officers responded at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and found Goodman Jr. on the deck of the house with an apparent gunshot wound. The alleged assailant had already fled the scene.
Goodman Jr. was transported to Middlesboro ARH by EMS where he was later pronounced dead.
Police Chief Jeff Sharpe confirmed on Friday that another son fired shots at his father after Goodman Jr. was shot. Sharpe said those shots did not hit anyone.
Sharpe said they believe at this point, the situation was a “domestic argument that got out of control.”
Officers on the scene broadcast a description of the suspect’s name and vehicle information.
Goodman Sr.’s vehicle was then spotted heading through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and MPD officers, along with the Cumberland Gap National Park Rangers, followed the vehicle until the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department could arrive.
Approximately 20 minutes after the shooting, Goodman Sr. was arrested, according to MPD. He will be charged with murder after his extradition from Tennessee.
Sharpe reported that Goodman Sr. suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation with his son and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
Sharpe said that Goodman Sr. will likely appear in district court early next week.
The victim will be autopsied by the state Medical Examiners Office on Friday. The investigation is ongoing and officers have already interviewed several witnesses, including the suspect.
Lt. Tom Busic and Detective Joe Holder are leading the investigation. Other officers and agencies involved include officers Joey Brigmon, Josh Burchett, Barry Cowan, Chuck Bruce, Clay Hurd, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, the National Park Service, and Deputy Coroner Bill Bisceglia.
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