Arrest made for attempted 2nd degree murder/hit and run
By: Houma Police Department
On 8-9-19 shortly after 6pm Houma Police responded to the 8000 block of Park Avenue in reference to a hit and run. During the investigation, it was discovered that a male was struck with a vehicle driven by Ronald Coffman-59 yrs old of South Louisiana Avenue in Montegut after a verbal exchange.
As the investigation continued, Houma Police learned the victim was talking to Coffman, who was sitting in a pickup truck, regarding him being banned from the property. During the conversation, the victim walked off. It was reported to law enforcement that Coffman began to exit the property, made a turn towards the victim accelerating until he purposely struck him, which caused serious injury. After striking the victim, Coffman struck another vehicle parked in the parking lot and departed the area in an unknown direction.
Later during the investigation, Houma Police learned that the Terrebonne Parish Office located Coffman at a residence in Gibson. It was discovered that he was unconscious and needed serious medical attention, so he was transported to a local medical facility for treatment. While hospitalized, Houma Police obtained warrants through the 32nd Judicial District Court on Ronald Coffman for Attempted Second Degree Murder and Hit and Run.
On 8-13-19, during the afternoon hours, Houma Police learned that Ronald Coffman was being released from the medical facility. Taking this into consideration, he was contacted and taken into custody for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Hit and Run. Ronald Coffman was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex to be booked on the aforementioned charges.
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