Matthew Aaron Case lead a deputy on a chase and is alleged to have pointed a gun at the deputy on Saturday in Mooresville.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a brief chase of a subject on Saturday who allegedly fled from and pointed a weapon at a deputy.
Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reported that at about 4:20 p.m., on July 13 a deputy in western Livingston County, on patrol, saw a person on a motorcycle believed to be a felony fugitive, identified as Matthew Aaron Case, 28. Case then attempted to allude the deputy driving the motorcycle well over 100 mph on U.S. 36 near Mooresville. When the suspect was west of Mooresville he quickly braked and turned around going east on U.S. 36 and then fled into Mooresville. Case next pulled into the yard of a church in Mooresville and then appeared to be changing direction when he lost control of the motorcycle at a low speed. He then ran approximately 150-200 yards with the deputy chasing on foot.
Case then pointed a soft nylon bag at the deputy and the deputy delivered it contained a handgun.
“The deputy was readily armed and the suspect made the correct decision and threw the bag into a large area of tall weeds,” Cox said in a press release. “The suspect was arrested and complained of chest pain and an ambulance was then summoned.”
Another deputy and Cox arrived on the scene to assist and assisted in ensuring the area was secured. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was called to investigate the motorcycle accident and Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were summoned to the scene to conduct an article search in the tall weeds.
Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services arrived and provided treatment then transported the suspect and a deputy tp guard Case to Hedrick Medical Center.
Leadbetter and Zaki arrived and quickly marked the location of evidence. Officers recovered a fully loaded handgun from the bag, which the suspect allegedly pointed at the deputy. The bag also contained a used digital scale, meth pipe with methamphetamine, and other items. According to a press release from Cox, additional evidence, including cash was seized at the scene and at the hospital.
Cox noted that no firearm was discharged during the incident.
Case was originally treated at Hedrick Medical Center and then was transported to a medical facility in Kansas City for additional treatment. He was released to law enforcement on July 14 and transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail on the arrest warrant by Sheriff Cox.
Case had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on an original class E felony attempted tampering with a motor vehicle with bond set by the court at $50,000 cash.
Cox said the LCSO investigation continues on the allegations of assault law enforcement Officer-1st degree, armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest on felony, tampering with physical evidence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic violations.
“Mr. Case is alleged to have been armed and even pointed a loaded .357 handgun at a deputy prior to throwing the evidence in a large area of tall weeds when he realized the deputy was about to discharge his duty weapon,” Cox said in a press release.
The LCSO will share this information with the N.I.T.R.O. Federal Task Force due to evidence/facts for consideration of federal prosecution.
“Once our investigation has been completed a report will be sent to Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for consideration of charges,” Cox wrote.
Case is also currently on parole in Missouri for a burglary conviction.
“This incident could have easily been serious injury or death to our deputy, innocent third party and/or the suspect. Fortunately, no one, including Mr. Case was injured,” Cox continued. “Methamphetamine sales, distribution and use are common in every community. We continue working with multiple agencies here and on other levels to combat the methamphetamine crimes both here and around Missouri.”