UPDATE: Two men named in Blenheim murder

The side of a Chatham-Kent police cruiser. (Photo by Greg Higgins)

Police say they have two men in custody after Chatham-Kent’s first homicide of 2021.

Investigators say two men went to a home in Blenheim Wednesday night and, following a verbal disturbance outside, one of the men allegedly shot the homeowner’s friend. The victim, a 20-year-old Blenheim man, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers said the men fled the scene but their vehicle was found within minutes on Communication Road. The driver surrendered to the police but the passenger allegedly moved into the driver’s seat and took off. Police said the second suspect was later taken into custody after a high-risk traffic stop on Kent Bridge Road, adding that a firearm was recovered as well.

Chad Coupe and Darius White, both 19 years old, of Windsor have been charged with murder and attempted murder. They have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Detective Sergeant Gabe Tetrault of the Criminal Investigations Branch said officers did a good job making sure the public was never at risk.

“Last night, our frontline officers responded to a very serious and dynamic situation. Within minutes of the initial call, officers methodically and courageously identified, located and apprehended armed and dangerous criminals all the while preserving valuable evidence and maintaining public safety. This was teamwork at its finest – a testament to the value of good training and commitment to duty,” said Tetrault. “As members of our Major Crime Unit take over the investigation, I would like to reassure the public that we believe this was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to public safety. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Dan Hamilton at danha@chatham-kent.ca or at 519-436-6600 extension #284. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.