Suspect Facing Charges In Shooting On Thunder Road

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May 7, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

Arrest papers provide some new information on a shooting on Thunder Road in Leon County.

Deputies say Michael Johnson and Ross Matthews got into an argument over Matthews' pit bull.

Arrest papers say Matthews got a crhome pistol from the shed and shot Johnson in the arm.

Arrest papers say Matthews told deputies later that Johnson had threatened to kill his dog and Matthews repeatedly said "I should have just killed him."

He told deputies he threw the gun into a pond.

News Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office
May 7, 2014 - 9:30am

At 2:52pm on May 6, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 25000 block of Thunder Road in reference to a disturbance. Deputies arrived and determined that 42 year old Michael Johnson had been shot in the arm by 56 year old Ross Mathews. Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and conducted witness interviews while Crime Scene Detectives responded and collected physical evidence. LCSO’s Tactical Dive Unit also responded to search a pond on the property for evidence.

Detectives learned that Mathews and Johnson got into an argument when Mathews threatened to have his dog attack Johnson. The two men exchanged words and Mathews walked to a nearby shed and returned with a handgun. The argument continued and Mathews fired a single shot, striking Johnson in his right upper arm. He was treated and released from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

Mathews was taken into custody without incident, interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Leon County Jail.

Ross A. Mathews
56 years old

Charges: Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 6, 2014, 11pm

A shooting at 25001 Thunder Road in Tallahassee sent one person to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

WCTV spoke with a neighbor who helped the victim before paramedics arrived.

"He said, 'I've been shot. I've been shot,'" Carrie Carr said.

Carr was unloading groceries from her car when she heard a gun shot.

Shortly after the victim came running across the street into her yard with a bullet wound.

"I said, 'should I call the paramedics, should I call the paramedics.' He said 'no, no, no just help me.' So I just took gauze and peroxide and patched him up," Carr said.

They then ended up calling paramedics and the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident happened at Carr's ex-husband's home.

She says the two men involved in the incident were living with him temporarily.

WCTV has not been able to confirm this information with law enforcement but Carr says the fight started when the shooter told his dog to bite the victim.

"He said, 'why do want to have a dog bite me when I live in the same house as you that's crazy.' And he said, 'well next time how about I just shoot you.' He said, 'well just go ahead and shoot me.' And he went 'Ok.' And he went, 'pow,' She said.

Investigators were on the scene for more than three hours.

The Leon County Dive Team was also on the scene investigating two ponds in the backyard.

"We don't have any names to release yet. We don't have any charges to release yet," Leon County Sheriff's Public Information Officer James McQuiag said.

Police did tell us a subject was taken in to the sheriff's office to be interviewed.

WCTV shot footage at the scene of a man handcuffed and being escorted into a patrol car.

We don't know who the man is or why he was placed in the back of the squad car but we did hear him say to deputies, "I would never hurt anybody but I will defend myself."

WCTV is expecting more information to be released tomorrow.

Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 6, 2014, 6pm

A shooting happened in the backyard of a house located at 25001 Thunder Road in Tallahassee.

One man was shot in his upper-right arm and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

A neighbor called the police when the victim came running into her yard with the bullet wound. The neighbor said she tried to wrap him up; there was a lot of blood.

The neighbor says the two people involved in this incident were staying in the house at 25001 Thunder Road. They were staying in the home to help the owner who has a brain injury.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office told WCTV they are questioning a subject to help them get more information about what happened, but they haven't released anything else to us at this time.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 6, 2014, 5pm

Just under an hour ago, there were nearly 10 patrol cars from Leon County Sheriff's Office responding to a shooting at 25001 Thunder Road.

We're told a man was shot in his upper-right arm and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The Sheriff's Office also tells us they are taking a subject in for questioning. He's on his way to their office right now.

WCTV saw a man in handcuffs being escorted by police outside of the property and put into a sheriff's car.

WCTV heard the man say, "I would never hurt anybody, but I will defend myself."

We are not sure who this man is at this time, if he's the subject being taken in for questioning or if he's involved in this crime at all.

The divers' unit just got on the scene on Thunder Road and looked to be heading towards the backyard.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

By: Natalie Rubino
May 6, 2014, 4:30pm

Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crime scene on Thunder Rd in Leon County.

We will have further updates on Eyewitness News at 5pm.

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