Early morning shooting leaves one dead

Lazaro Aleman
ECB Publishing, Inc.

One Monticello resident is dead and another is in police custody as the result of an argument that escalated into a shooting in the southeast part of town in the wee hours Wednesday, May 4. Authorities have identified Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 2.48.30 PMthe victim, who was fatally shot in the chest, as 41-year-old Tommy Slater. Charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is 31-year-old Antwain Devon Coates, who turned himself in to authorities later on Wednesday. According to eyewitnesses, as described in the police report, the shooting resulted from a heated argument between Slater and Coates. It’s reported that Salter made derogatory remarks to Coates, who then left the scene and returned with a weapon to confront Slater. Police Chief Fred Mosley said his department received and responded to a complaint of gunfire and a person down in the area of First and Park streets at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday. Also responding to the call were deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical personnel from the Jefferson County Fire Rescue. Mosley said that upon arriving on the scene, a Sheriff’s deputy attempted to resuscitate the victim but was unable to do so. Fire Rescue personnel pronounced Slater dead on the scene. Mosley said investigators from the MPD, the Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement processed the crime scene. The victim’s body, meanwhile, was transported to Tallahassee for an autopsy. The MPD is asking anyone with information on the incident to call (850) 342-0150.