Tallahassee Police Find Woman Shot After Kidnapping Call, Suspect Dead

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- July 17, 2012 --

Tasheka Paden is lucky to be alive after her husband shot her multiple times before turning the gun on himself. It's an unfortunate situation of domestic violence that advocates say happens much more than it should.

"Unfortunately a lot of women, mostly women, in our area are killed. A lot of them have injunctions a lot of them have gone through everything they can do legally, but it's just not enough," said Ghia Kelly, the community education program coordinator for the Tallahassee Refuge House.

The Tallahassee Refuge House says their advocate at the Leon County Courthouse has more than 1,000 injunctions filed annually. According to FDLE data, Leon County had 1,483 domestice violence offenses in 2011.

Kelvin Paden was accused of confronting his wife and another man at gunpoint in late June. Tasheka jumped out a Microtel motel window to get away and Kelvin was arrested but posted his $35,000 bond. Advocate's at the refuge house think that stiffer penalites could prevent some situations.

"As a society and just holding them accountable to a higher levels of bonds or just more punitive consequences, because a lot of it's just a slap on the wrist," Kelly said.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, you can contact the Tallahassee Refuge House Hotline at 800-500-1119.


UPDATED 7.16.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Tasheka Paden is listed in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial.

Court records indicate she got a domestic violence injunction against Paden on July 5th. It was initially scheduled for a hearing today.

UPDATED 7.16.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Kelvin Paden - the man suspected of kidnapping and shooting his wife Sunday - was under court order to stay away from her.

Paden was arrested back on June 28 and accused of confronting his wife and another man at gunpoint at the Microtel motel on North Monroe Street. LCSO says she jumped out of a window to escape.

Paden was later caught in Quincy after a standoff with police.

Paden was charged with burglary and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He posted $35,0000 bond and was released on July 3rd.

Court records show the judge ordered him to have no contact with Tasheka Paden and stay 500 feet away from her home, school and work as well as 100 feet away from her car. The judge also ordered him not to possess any firearms and to surrender any guns he had.

Paden's attorney, Zachary Ward, says clearly Paden violated those conditions.

"Nobody, not Mr. Paden's family, not myself, ever anticipated this would happen," Ward said. "He indicated to me that he would abide by these conditions and until Sunday he did. I have no idea what happened Sunday to change that," he said.

Ward says Paden had a psychological evaluation before the judge considered a bond in this case. Ward says the evaluation dated July 2nd says Paden did not appear to be a danger to himself or others.

Tallahassee, FL - July 16, 2012 --- Noon

Tallahassee Police Department Release:

On Sunday, July 15th, at 6:30am TPD responded to the area of 3705 Woodville Highway in reference to a kidnapping. Several minutes later, responding officers located the victim with several gunshot wounds in a vehicle on Westway Road. She was transported to a local hospital and is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries.

The suspect, later identified as Kelvin Paden, fled from the city limits into the county near Springhill Road and Capital Circle Southwest. Members from the Florida Highway Patrol, Leon County Sheriff's Office and Wakulla County Sheriff's office responded to the area and
began to assist with the investigation. A LCSO K-9 unit began to search the wood line and heard a single gunshot. Subsequently, LCSO's SWAT team responded to assist with locating the subject and during the search, they located the suspect in the woods, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones said “This was potentially a very dangerous situation.” “Through the partnerships of our area law enforcement agencies, the risk to the public was minimized.” “I want to personally thank all of the law enforcement professionals
who assisted with this case.”

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell said, "The collaboration in this case is another outstanding example of city, county and state law enforcement working together to ensure the safety of our community."

TPD's investigators assumed control of the scene and are currently working this case.

Community members with information or who recognize the suspect are asked to call TPD at 891-4200 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information and you may be eligible for a cash reward. Please remember, if you see something, say something, do something.

Deceased: Kelvin Paden

Victim: Tasheka Paden


Tallahassee, FL July 15, 2012 --- 11:23a.m.

A man accused of kidnapping and shooting a woman dies after apparently turning the gun on himself.

On the morning of July 15th, Tallahassee police took a call about a kidnapping. Minutes later, they arrived on scene off of Westway Road and Capital Circle Southwest. They found a woman that had been shot multiple times.

The suspect, a man, fled into the nearby woods. Four different law enforcement agencies aided in the search for the male suspect. They found the man in the woods on the ground with an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The male suspect later died. At last word, the woman was still hospitalized, but we don't have an update on her condition.

Police haven't yet released names or a motive.

Stay with WCTV for details.


Tallahassee, FL July 15, 2012 --- 11:23a.m.

Tallahassee police say they received a call around 6:30 Sunday morning about a kidnapping.

Once they arrived on Westway Rd near Capital Circle SW, they found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police won't specify where exactly they found her.

In a wooded area nearby, police found a male suspect with a gunshot wound, investigators believe was self-inflicted.

Police haven't released the identities of either person involved or the condition of the female victim.

The male suspect died.

The Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office and other agencies were on scene.

Investigators are still looking for evidence but have reopened most of the streets in the area.

As of 11:15 a.m., Westway Rd was still blocked.

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