Family outraged by internal investigation into misclassified death


Upset by the lack of consequence given to an investigator for misclassifying a death. The family of Joah Ross said, they are outraged.

“I’m angry on a level that I can’t explain.”

On January 1st, Ross was shot and killed inside his home. The investigator, who the coroner’s office confirmed was W. Shane Tindall, initially ruled Ross’ death an overdose. It was Hall Davis’ Funeral Home who alerted investigators, the 26-year-old was shot.

“You came into a home and said that you looked at a body and it was an overdose. Missed a complete bullet hole, let’s call it what it is. You never did your job, you didn’t do anything” said Ross’ sister, Jamie Edwards.

This letter sent to W. Shane Tindall with the coroner’s office, explains the mistake.

“They’re not concerned about the family, they’re just happy that the family didn’t do a cremation” said Ross’ brother, Royal Ross, Jr.

Ross’ siblings said, the letter reprimanding the man who misclassified their brother’s death isn’t enough to fix the mistake made by a trained professional.

“If you been doing this four and a half years, he was careless. You walked in there, you looked at this scene and you already made your mind up on what you were going to call it” Ross, Jr. said.

Pleading for justice for their brother, the siblings said, errors this big should not be taken as lightly as a letter.

“His apologies and everything else are worth less than the ink it took him to write that letter with.”

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