Flagler County

Man shoots his girlfriend 4 times before killing himself, deputies say

PALM COAST, Fla. — Deputies in Flagler County are investigating an attempted murder-suicide inside of a Palm Coast home.

Officials said they were called to a home at Bunker Knolls Lane on Thursday after reports of a shooting.

When first responders arrived, they found Matthew Wright and a woman with gunshot wounds after an “apparent domestic argument.”

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Wright’s sister was at the home and told deputies that her brother was inside the garage with a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies said they then found a woman who said she had been shot several times by Wright while she was sitting on a couch inside the garage.

Investigators said the woman had crawled from the garage to the side yard after she was shot.

According to a report, a gun was found near Wright and he had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Deputies said family members told them Wright had locked his girlfriend inside the garage before he shot her.

Detectives said Wright is a convicted felon and had unlawfully obtained the gun a few months ago.

Deputies said the woman was shot four times and was taken to Halifax Health’s Trauma Center in critical condition.

Wright was also taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, officials said.

Deputies said Wright has an extensive criminal history dating to 2013 and has previously served two stints in Florida prisons.

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Records show he was previously arrested and charged in Flagler County with possession of cocaine, violation of probation, grand theft, multiple counts of burglary and attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, fleeing and eluding law enforcement and burglary with assault and battery.

“Unfortunately, this is another example of how a domestic situation can spiral out of control behind closed doors,” said Flager County Sheriff Rick Staly. “A young woman is fighting for her life because in a moment of rage, her boyfriend thought violence was the answer. The suspect won’t be a threat to anyone ever again. We are praying for the victim and hoping the victim can recover from her injuries. Violence is never the answer and if you are in a volatile situation, you can escape, and resources are available to help you.”

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