Alleged “family situation” leads to death of Calvin High School softball coach

(Lincoln Parish Journal) A teenager has been charged with the shooting death of his father, the head softball coach at Calvin High School.

Saturday evening the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shooting through a 911 call. The shooting occurred at on La. Highway 501 north of Calvin.

Deputies and ambulance personnel arrived to find 51-year-old Kevin Chad Camp suffering from a gunshot wound. Camp was declared dead by the Winn Parish Coroner’s Office.

Although his name was not released because he is a minor, sources identified Camp’s 17-year-old son as the suspect arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection to this incident. Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan called it “a family situation.”

Jordan called manslaughter the appropriate charge for the situation. In Louisiana law, a manslaughter charge is most often used for a homicide committed in “sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of self-control and cool reflection.”

A continued custody hearing was slated for Monday afternoon, but the results were not available at press time. The son could be charged as an adult or as a juvenile.

Camp was preparing his Calvin softball team for a first-round playoff game against the Castor Lady Tigers on Monday. As a team, the players decided to see the season through in honor of their coach.

As expected, it was an emotional game for the players, fans, and their families in the small community. Fans of the Lady Cougars brought signs in support of the team. The Castor players prayed with the Cougars after the game. School officials said many of the players on the opposing teams were longtime friends.

The Cougars defeated Castor 13-3 and advanced to take on Stanley this afternoon.

Under Coach Camp, the Lady Cougars won back-to-back Class C state titles in 2021 and 2022 and were state runner-up in 2019. COVID cancelled the 2020 championships.

Camp also served as an agriculture teacher and FFA chapter advisor. Funeral details are not yet available.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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