On Monday October 7, 2013, at approximately 8:34 PM, Walker County 911 received a call of a shooting at 1039 Old Dalton Road, Lafayette. When the responding officers arrived on the scene, they found a male subject deceased. The investigation provided information of a male and female subject who left the scene just prior to the officer’s arrival.
The victim was identified at the scene as Roy Leonard McKeehan, Jr., 63 years of age, of Lafayette, Georgia. The victim appeared to have a possible gunshot wound and trauma to his head and neck area. The exact cause of death will be determined pending autopsy results.
A lookout was issued for the vehicle seen leaving the scene. Early into the investigation, Chattooga County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputies came into contact with a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle. While attempting to stop the vehicle , the driver of the vehicle led Chattooga County authorities on a chase into Cherokee County, Alabama.
According to authorities in Cherokee County, Alabama, the driver of the vehicle lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Upon authorities approaching the suspect’s vehicle, the driver appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect / driver of the vehicle was identified as Daniel Chad Marks, age 35, of Lafayette, Georgia.
A female occupant of the vehicle was unharmed; she is being questioned and interviewed by authorities.
The investigation is on-going.