COVINGTON, Tenn – On 17 June 2017, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Randolph Rd and Hwy 59W, in the Randolph Community, in regards to two separate incidents within a close proximity in time. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in garnering additional information on each of these incidents, which took place less than one mile apart. It has not been confirmed whether or not these two incidents are related.
The first incident occurred around 2:00am when the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a one vehicle MVC in the 100 block of Randolph Rd, near the intersection of Hwy. 59W. Two juveniles were involved in the crash where their pickup truck left the roadway and collided with a tree. Deputies later learned that the driver had suffered a gunshot wound, which was determined to be a major contributing factor in the crash. According to the juveniles, there was vehicle that came up behind them and began shooting.
The second incident occurred less than a mile down the road from the shooting, around 4:45am when deputies received a call of a house fire in the 15000 block of Hwy 59W. Information was received that an individual was trapped inside the home and the home was fully engulfed. Fire personnel from Gilt Edge, Covington, Munford and Quito Fire Departments made the scene to aid in extinguishing the fire. While fighting the fire, first responders discovered the body of Joseph A. Roman (81). Fire investigators from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to assist in investigating the cause of the fire. Tipton County Medical Examiner Dr. Buffy Cook was contacted and an autopsy was subsequently requested. The autopsy has revealed that Roman was murdered prior to the fire.
“We urge anyone with information on either of these incidents, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to please contact us. We request anyone with surveillance video in or around their homes in the area or who may have been in the area during these time frames to contact us. In situations such as these we can’t overlook any piece of evidence and the information you may have could be very crucial to our investigation” urges Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley. “We are offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for these crimes.”
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.