(KTRE) – Houston County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting death of Eddy Davenport, 63, of Lovelady.
The shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon at the coal mine on Highway 19, south of Crockett. According to a news release, deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call about 3 p.m. The caller said that she and her husband were hog hunting and her husband's uncle was following them and had a gun. The 9-1-1 caller stated that the uncle was dead and had been shot because they were fearful that he was going to shoot them.
Houston County Sheriff's deputies and investigators responded to the scene with ETMC dispatched to a secure location until response was needed, the news release stated.
Upon arrival, investigators found a white male subject who had died from an apparent gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Clyde Black was called and he pronounced Davenport to be decreased from the gunshot wound.
The news release went on to state: "Scott Wayne Davenport, 37, of Lovelady was taken to the Sheriff's office for questioning. He was later booked into Houston County Jail on the charge of Murder. His bond was set at $150,000.
A forensic autopsy was ordered by JP Black and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for grand jury review.
Hardware store owner Jerry Broxson has known Eddy and his family for 40 years.
"He lives about two blocks down the street from my residence to his there," Broxson said. "I saw him on a daily basis."
Eddy was also a regular customer in his store.
"He did a lot of hunting and fishing," Broxson said. "When he came in, he was always doing something on his home."
The bizaare death, he says, will have a huge impact on those who depended on Eddy, like his granddaughter.
"He carried her to school every day, picked her up every evening," Broxson said. He was the main figure in his life. I think his little granddaughter is going to miss him tremendously."