Man accused of Prescott Drive shooting turns himself in
BATON ROUGE – Deputies say the man suspected of shooting a woman on Prescott Drive turned himself into investigators Sunday afternoon.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a shooting on Prescott Drive Saturday night. At the scene, deputies found a man standing in the doorway of the home on his cell phone and a female victim on the floor bleeding from the head. EMS at the scene confirmed that the victim was dead.
The man told deputies that he had gone to the bathroom when he heard gunshots coming from the living room of the home. He said he saw the victim bleeding from the head and an unknown man running down Prescott Drive.
During a later interview, deputies said the man changed his story and said he was at the home to get DJ equipment. The man told deputies that when the two got to the home they saw 23-year-old Nicholas Matthews inside armed with a handgun. He said he was in the kitchen when he heard gunshots coming from the living room. There he found Matthews standing over the victim with a gun in his hand.
The witness told deputies that Matthew repeatedly said, “I f***ed up,” and left the home.
Matthews turned himself into the EBRSO Violent Crimes Unit Sunday night. During questioning, Matthews admitted to shooting the victim but said he did not know the gun was loaded, deputies said. He believed the gun was not loaded because he had fired it until it was empty on New Year’s Eve.
EBRSO said a criminal background check revealed that Matthews was convicted of felony indecent behavior with a juvenile in Nov. 2011.
Deputies charged Matthews with felony counts of negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon and a felon in possession of a firearm.