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UPDATE: Autopsy results released in murder-suicide

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: We are learning more about the death of a local attorney and his son.

Autopsy results, released by the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office, show 82 year-old Glenn Copeland died of gunshot wounds to the chest and thigh.

His son, Steven Copeland, who was named as a suspect in his father death, was later found dead a few doors down.

The Hamilton County Medical Examiner ruled Steven Copeland’s probable cause of death as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The murder-suicide remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

A full autopsy with toxicology results will be conducted on the body of Glenn Copeland, who has been ruled the victim of homicide. 


UPDATE: Donald Kenyon says he was sitting on his back porch having a cup of coffee Sunday when he heard gunfire coming from behind his home. 

“I didn't hear any arguments. I didn't hear any voices raised, nothing you would say was screaming at each other,” said Kenyon.

Kenyon is a retired New York State Police Officer. He says he knows the sound of gunfire too well.

“I’m a retired cop. I’ve been through all of this before, it doesn't phase me. It’s not something you would like to have every day, but it happens,” said Kenyon.

Kenyon says shortly after he heard the shots, deputies arrived. Hamilton County Deputies tell Channel 3, 82-year-old Glenn Copeland was shot by his son Steven Copeland at this home on Jennifer Lane. Shortly after the shooting deputies found Steven dead at a house a few doors down.Deputies believe Steven Copeland also died from a gunshot wound.

“We have recently learned that both subjects are deceased. We are working two crime scenes at this point,” said Allen Branum, Chief Deputy, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members gathered on scene. They tell Channel 3, Glenn Copeland was a retired lawyer who ran for mayor at one time.

“We have two people who died due to acts of violence, whether it's domestic or not, it is still a bad situation,” said Branum.

As deputies work to find out why the shooting happened, Kenyon says the family will be in his prayers.

“It seems like this day and age you have a lot of violence that happens, but you don't want it to happen, it just does,” said Kenyon.

Steven Copeland was due in court this week on driving and DUI charges, following an arrest earlier this year. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched Jennifer Lane on a reported shooting. 

HCSO says one victim was shot at 9012 Jennifer Lane, the suspect left and went to 9015 Jennifer Lane. The first victim transported via EMS to Erlanger, where he later died. HCSO Deputies located the suspect at 9015 Jennifer Lane, deceased from what appears to be a gunshot wound.

Family members tell Channel 3 that the first victim is Glenn R. Copeland, 82, he was a retired attorney who previously ran for mayor. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office identified Glenn Copeland's son, Steven D. Copeland as the other deceased person. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Deputies say there is no indication of any further threat or danger in the usually quiet community. Facts indicated that the shooting is domestic related. 

Stay with Channel 3 as this story updates.    

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