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HCSO Makes Arrest in River Birch Loop Shooting Investigation


Hamilton County, TN - On April 24, 2020, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Derrick Lamont Ruffin, Jr. (Age 19), in connection with the death of Jermonie Vinson (Age 3).

This investigation has determined that Ruffin, who is a family friend, brought a pistol to the residence and failed to maintain control of the weapon. This reckless act resulted in Jermonie Vinson picking up the pistol and firing it striking him in the chest. The investigation also determined the weapon used was stolen.

Derrick Lamont Ruffin, Jr. is charged with the following:

-Reckless Homicide

-Reckless Endangerment

-Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

-Theft Under $1,000.00

Ruffin is currently at the Hamilton County Jail being booked.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

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