UPDATE: Mona boat ramp homicide
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office released the following press statement at 4:46 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2015.:
A fisherman who apparently interrupted a crime in progress died after being shot about 11 a.m. Friday at Mona Boat Ramp, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.
William Gregory Hawkins, 53, of Murfreesboro, died at the scene near the boat ramp off West Jefferson Pike, he said.
Witnesses heard the sound like a backfire and found Hawkins. A responding deputy checked his pulse and found he was deceased.
“We extend our sympathy to the Hawkins family for his tragic death,” Sheriff Arnold said. “We are thoroughly investigating to determine who is responsible for his murder. We are ever vigilant in keeping our communities safe.”
Detectives processed the crime scene and collected evidence. The state Medical Examiner’s Office transported Hawkins to Nashville for an autopsy.
Investigators were expected to work during the weekend on the case.
Anyone who has information about the murder are asked to call lead Detective Kyle Norrod at 615-904-3043 or Detective Capt. David Hailey at 615-904-3113.