A Roswell man is charged with 14 criminal counts after a domestic dispute allegedly involved him firing gunshots into an apartment wall followed by his leading law enforcement officers on a vehicle pursuit during which he shot at officers before crashing his car east of the city, ending in his capture.
Matheau Isaacs, 27, is charged with the numerous criminal counts in connection with the series of events that occurred late last Thursday night (Oct. 4) and early Friday (Oct. 5). No one was struck by any of the gunshots at the apartment or during the pursuit.
An RPD officer initially responded about 11:45 p.m. Thursday to a shots-fired call at an apartment complex in the 500 block of South Wyoming Avenue in west Roswell. The officer spoke with Isaacs’ ex-girlfriend who reported Isaacs had come to the apartment, where she and her teenage son were present, after she and Isaacs had been arguing in a text-message exchange. She said Isaacs kicked in the door to get into the apartment, a physical confrontation occurred, Isaacs took her phone when she tried to call 911, and he fired multiple gunshots before leaving the apartment and driving away.
RPD officers and deputies from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the car driven by Isaacs as it headed east on Second Street, but despite the officers and deputies activating their vehicles’ emergency lights and sirens, Isaacs refused to stop. Isaacs continued to drive the car east, leaving the city limits and reaching speeds up to 100 mph. As the pursuit continued in the county area, Isaacs fired multiple shots at the pursuing deputies and officers.
About 12 miles east of the city, Isaacs crashed his car into a fence while trying to make a turn onto Bottomless Lakes Road. He fled on foot and was soon located hiding in some brush. He was arrested without further incident.
Isaacs was jailed on four counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, plus one count of each of the following charges: aggravated assault on a household member, battery on a household member, aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, aggravated burglary, abuse of a child, interference with communications, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.