Tommy “Rat” Adams, 30, of 5 Marie Lane in Red Boiling Springs, was reportedly shot and killed during a domestic dispute at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, by his brother-in-law 42-year-old Ralph Cox Jr.
According to Clay County Chief Deputy Brandon Boone, Cox arrived at Adams’ residence that morning accusing Adams of stealing property that belonged to him and a verbal altercation between the two broke out.
“I believe there were a few items that Cox believed his brother-in-law had stole from him,” stated Boone. “I know that there was a radio in discussion.”
During the heated argument, Cox fired a weapon, striking Adams.
Witnessing the shooting were Cox’s wife Tammy, Adams’ wife Sharon and Adams’ daughter Brianna, whom Boone believes to be either six or seven years old.
The Macon County Sheriffs Department was called for assistance after Cox and his wife fled the scene.
Running out of gas during their escape, the couple allegedly began walking down the road when Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons and Chief Deputy Stacy Gann apprehended the suspects.
Both Cox and his wife were taken in for questioning and Tammy was released. Cox was charged with first-degree murder, is being held without bond and will appear in General Sessions Court on Friday, July 11.
Adams passed away at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina, Tenn.
He was born May 9, 1978 in Fayette County, Ky., the son of Robert and Vicky Loveless Adams of Tompkinsville, Ky. On September 22, 2006, he married Sharon Crawford who survives. He was a Logger.
Survivors besides his wife and parents include: daughter, Brianna Adams, son, Bradley Adams both of Moss, Tenn., brothers & sisters-in-law, Richie & Angela Hudson, Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., Robert & Christie Adams, Jr., Ashland, Ky., William Adams, Gainesboro, Tenn., Jesse & Michelle Adams, Joshua and Jeremiah Adams all of Tompkinsville, Ky., maternal grandmother, Louise (William) Crumley, Nicholasville, Ky.