FRANKLIN, LA. — A Franklin family is in mourning today after one of their loved ones was brutally gunned down Monday morning
37-year-old Chiquita Lumpkin was killed September 2, outside of her home on Scottie Street in Franklin.
Police suspect 36-year-old Trinity Daqwan Coleman, the victim’s boyfriend, of shooting Lumpkin and then leading authorities on a multi-parish chase before being captured.
In a bizarre twist, the victim’s uncle, Clarence Fine Jr., was arrested after exchanging gunfire with Coleman at the end of the police chase down Interstate 10 near Welsh.
Family members tell KATC that Fine heard about the shooting and went after Coleman in an attempt to stop him. Both men were arrested and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail on attempted second-degree murder charges.
Allison Fontenot, the victim’s cousin, described what happened that Monday morning.
“We first heard a couple of shots and we all hit the floor," says Fontenot. "The last shots we heard, it was muffled shots, we heard a scream and we ran out and my cousin was laying in front the trailer.”
Fontenot, who also lives right next door to Lumpkin, says she felt helpless, not being able to run out and save her best friend.
“I tried, we tried to stop but we couldn't get out for the gunshots, we tried.”