By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A Yukon man was charged this week with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting last month.
A warrant of arrest was issued Jan. 7 in Canadian County District Court for Patrick Allen Matthews, 24, on felony counts of first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Matthews is accused of using a firearm to shoot to death Alfredo Vera, 24, during a Dec. 19, 2020 incident at a home near Britton and Mustang roads.
Oklahoma City Police responded at 6:24 p.m. that Saturday after a 911 caller reported gunshots in the 9700 block of High Noon Road.
The incident is detailed in a probable cause affidavit signed by Oklahoma City police investigator Jonathon Davis.
When officers arrived on scene, Matthews picked up a pistol in the front lawn and shot himself.
“The gunshot was not immediately fatal,” according to the affidavit, and he was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.
Officers discovered two other men inside the home, including two shooting victims. Jhonnatan Gonzalez-Leal, 34, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
“Leal told officers he and his roommate (Patrick Matthews) had used LSD and were watching a movie when the roommate became mad for no reason and shot him,” according to the affidavit.
HEARD A LOUD BANG
A second roommate, Vera, was found dead inside the home with a gunshot wound to the head.
Vera and his girlfriend had been inside a bedroom when they heard a loud bang and went to help Gonzalez-Leal after finding him bleeding from the chest.
The girlfriend then heard a second shot and Vera immediately fell to the ground next to her.
“Patrick walked to the kitchen and began throwing and breaking various items, so the witness was able to grab the gun and call 911 herself,” according to Det. Davis’ affidavit.
When officers arrived on scene, Vera’s girlfriend ran from the home seeking their help. Fearing she may be shot while running from the house with a gun, she had placed the pistol on the ground in the front lawn before approaching officers.
This witness told police Matthews had shot both victims. She also confirmed Gonzalez-Leal and Matthews had “acid” in the living room of the home earlier that day.
The first-degree murder charge is punishable by death, life in prison or life without parole. The assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
The criminal case has been assigned to Canadian County District Judge Jack D. McCurdy.