Sheriff Calls Family ‘Very Dysfunctional’ After Father and Son Kill Each Other Over Dispute About Dog

Authorities say an Chatom man and his son have killed each other in a dispute over a dog. Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer says 60-year-old Kelvin James Coker discovered his dog had been shot on Saturday.

The man then drove to the home of his son, 32-year-old Kelvin Nicholas Coker, who claimed to have killed the animal. The sheriff says the older man shot first and then the son returned fire with a shotgun. Both men died from their wounds.

The sheriff calls the family “very dysfunctional.”

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