On Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at roughly 7:45 a.m., deputies with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office had been concerned in an officer-involved capturing.
The capturing took the lifetime of 31-year-old Matthew Dillon Owens. No deputies had been injured on account of the capturing. This investigation is within the very early phases and data can change as proof is situated.
Through the early morning hours of June 20, at roughly 4:57 a.m., deputies tried to conduct a visitors cease on a blue Dodge pickup truck pushed by Owens, who refused to cease the automobile and led regulation enforcement on a chase from Highlands County into Hardee County then again into Highlands.
Owens crashed the truck right into a citrus grove simply south of Outdated Bombing Vary Street within the Avon Park space, then fled on foot via the grove.
Highlands County Sheriff’s Workplace Ok-9 Groups responded to the realm and situated Owens roughly 1 / 4 mile from the automobile, hiding within the high of a tree roughly 25 ft off the bottom.
At this level, deputies gave Owens verbal instructions to come back out of the tree, and he refused. Deputies may see one thing in Owens’ hand, and commanded him to drop it. Once more, Owens refused to observe instructions. Owens then pointed the article at deputies, who fired their weapons, hanging Owens.
Owens was faraway from the tree and instantly given medical consideration. At roughly 8:30 a.m., he was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Owens was very conscious he was wished by regulation enforcement. On the night of Sunday, June 18, Owens fled from regulation enforcement in Highlands and Hardee counties after which once more on Monday June 19, he fled regulation enforcement within the St. Lucie County space.
Owens had a number of lively warrants for his arrest, which included two counts of capital sexual battery, one depend of lewd molestation of a kid beneath 13 years of age, and felony home violence battery.
As is the coverage of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Workplace, this deputy-involved capturing can be investigated by the tenth Judicial Circuit Officer Concerned Lethal Incident Job Pressure.