Nice Guy Kills Supervisor at Chicken Plant

On June 9, 2004 Ric Coleman went to a chicken-processing plant and shot Derrell McBroom, who had fired him that morning. Coleman then shot himself in the head.

Coleman, 56, was divorced and lived alone in a house on Lake Bistineau in Webster Parish. He had a large collection of guns, neighbors said. Coleman was the plant's water treatment manager. He was fired for insubordination after working there for nearly 30 years under three different owners.

Plant employees gave varying opinions about McBroom, who was the plant's production manager. Some described him as demanding and others said he was easy to work with. Workers also described Coleman as easy to work with, Ballance said. Neighbors described Coleman as being a friendly, generous man.


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