An off-duty Colorado Division of Corrections officer allegedly shot and killed his neighbor over a dispute involving Fourth of July fireworks at an Aurora housing complicated, in line with an arrest affidavit.
Scott Mathews Jr. was arrested July 5 on suspicion of second-degree homicide, in line with the Aurora police affidavit. The capturing sufferer, 36-year-old Jaharie Wheeler, died on the hospital later that night time.
Witnesses advised police that Mathews and his girlfriend, Katherine O’Neal, grew upset once they heard Wheeler’s two youngsters lighting fireworks within the Greensview Condo Advanced courtyard within the 16400 block of East Alameda Place, in line with the affidavit.
O’Neal, who can also be a corrections officer, started arguing with Wheeler’s girlfriend, Shamira Cotton, in regards to the fireworks, finally drawing Mathews out to the courtyard. He interjected himself into the argument earlier than headbutting Cotton, witnesses advised police.
Wheeler got here exterior and confronted Mathews about hitting his girlfriend, Cotton advised police. He then punched Mathews within the face, in line with a witness video offered to police. Mathews stumbled backward earlier than allegedly firing one shot at Wheeler, in line with the affidavit.
When police responded, Mathews advised an officer, “I shot him,” in line with the affidavit. Mathews was taken to the hospital for accidents sustained throughout the altercation and was arrested the subsequent day.
Mathews had been employed by the Division of Corrections since October 2015, working on the Denver Ladies’s Correctional Facility, the DOC mentioned. He has been suspended with out pay.
Costs are anticipated to be filed Wednesday in Arapahoe County Courtroom.