Man shot in face; brother is a suspect
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
December 30, 2011 12:00 AM | 3658 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Authorities are trying to piece together events leading up to a shooting that left one brother in critical condition and another in jail Wednesday night.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched that evening to 1094 Forest Creek Drive, off Cumming Highway in the Forest Creek subdivision, in reference to a person shot.

Deputies found the homeowner, Jeff Coker, 42, had been shot in the face, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Though Jeff Coker’s wife and children were sleeping upstairs during the incident, Jeff Coker’s brother, Scott Coker, 37, was with his sibling when he was shot, Baker said.

“Detectives are confident that Christopher Scott Coker fired the weapon that injured his brother,” Baker said.

But he said investigators are still attempting to determine if he fired the weapon intentionally or if it was an accident.

Christopher Scott Coker was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and reckless conduct by a convicted felon.

“There was mention of possible horseplay,” Baker said, noting the initial investigation found that alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

“The only two witnesses are the victim — who cannot communicate right now — and his brother,” Baker said.

Jeff Coker was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center and is in critical condition.

Upon his arrest, it was discovered that Christopher Scott Coker has active arrest warrants from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Fayetteville Police Department.
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