Investigators Wait for Medical Examiner’s Report in Murder-Suicide

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – There are a lot of unanswered questions tonight about the shooting death of a prominent Chattanooga attorney and his son over the weekend.

Eighty two year old Glenn Ray Copeland and his 59 year old son, Steven, died Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton county sheriff’s detectives are winding up their investigation and waiting on a coroner’s report.

A quiet Sunday afternoon turned violent here on Jennifer Lane–a private road in East Brainerd.

Neighbors reported gunfire in early afternoon and first responders found two crime scenes.

Glenn Ray Copeland was found critically injured in his home.

ALLEN BRANUM, CHIEF DEPUTY, HCSO “On arriving on the scene deputies identified a possible suspect in the shooting..the person had left the scene and went to that subject’s resident which is the general vicinity at 9015 Jennifer Lane, right across the way…and found that subject deceased at the residence.”

That subject was Copeland’s 59 year old son, Steven Dale Copeland.

ALLEN BRANUM “It appears the subject, after being involving in the shooting at his father’s residence …which is the Copeland residence …went across the street..we don’t know if its self-inflicted for sure yet…or some other cause, but we’re waiting a call from the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death on the younger Copeland subject

Glenn Copeland was well-known in the legal community.

ALLEN BRANUM “A practicing attorney here in Chattanooga for a lot of years..a very prominent attorney …was still alive when they got there …I think first responders started life-saving procedures on him at the time ….quite some time at Erlanger and he was finally pronounced dead at the emergency room.”

Chief Branum says its too early for speculation as to the cause of the murder-suicide. He says details will come out later.

ALLEN BRANUM “Anytime there’s a loss of life its tragic ..especially in a situation where there’s two family members …lost their lives..its tough on family, friends and neighbors ..they’ve having to deal with this.”

Glenn Copeland graduated from Chattanooga Central High school in 1952.

He was a partner in the Copeland, Whittenburg, Meeks & Gothard law firm.

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