Alan Cofield
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Georgia man shot sister-in-law, hit father with rifle in front of 2 young kids

A LaGrange man faces eight felonies after deputies said he began shooting at his extended family during a fight with his wife Tuesday evening.

Alan Cofield, 39, is accused of getting into a physical altercation with his wife at their home in the 4800 block of Hammett Road, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. His wife’s sister tried to intervene, which is when Cofield allegedly grabbed his pistol and pointed it at his sister-in-law’s head.

He fired at least one shot at her, which grazed her head, the release said. His wife was also injured during the incident, and Cofield’s father eventually tried to intervene as well.

Cofield then began to fight his father, punching and kicking him before hitting him multiple times with a rifle, the release said. During the fight, the two women grabbed two young children — who witnessed everything — and got into a car.

Cofield’s father was eventually able to run away from his son and get into a car. Cofield allegedly began to try to break into the car through a window as it drove toward WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. 

When deputies met Cofield at his home after receiving a 911 call about a gunshot, he told them no one had been shot or injured, the release said. However, deputies discovered blood stains on the driveway, and were told three adults showed up at the hospital claiming they were injured at Cofield’s house.

Cofield then allegedly admitted there had been a fight involving a gun, and he was arrested. 

His eight felonies include four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of first-degree child cruelty, one count of aggravated battery and one firearm possession charge, jail records show. He also faces an interfering with an emergency call charge, which is a misdemeanor.

He remains in the Troup County Jail without bond, records show.

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