Accused Family Dollar shoplifter was tasered, pepper sprayed and then fatally shot by Georgia cop

  • Larry D. Matthews was accused of shoplifting from a Family Dollar store
  • He was first shot a stun gun, but he pulled the prongs off, authorities say
  • The Bibb County sheriff's deputy then used pepper spray, but Matthews grabbed the bottle and sprayed the deputy
  • Deputy Gregg Ussery then shot the 57-year-old, who died at the scene

A suspected shoplifter was acting erratically and may have been on drugs, authorities say, when he got into a fight with a Georgia deputy who tasered, pepper sprayed and then fatally shot him.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to help determine whether Larry D. Matthews had drugs in his system on Friday afternoon when he fought with Bibb County deputy Gregg Ussery in Macon, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J.T. Ricketson said.

Matthews, 57, was accused of shoplifting from a Family Dollar store before he was shot in the 500 block of Colquitt Street nearby.

Larry D. Matthews (pictured) got into a fight with a Georgia deputy who tasered, pepper sprayed and then fatally shot him on Friday
Matthews, 57, was accused of shoplifting from a Family Dollar store before he was shot in the 500 block of Colquitt Street nearby

Larry D. Matthews (left and right, in old mugshots) got into a fight with a Georgia deputy who tasered, pepper sprayed and then fatally shot him on Friday 

Ussery first shot Matthews with a stun gun, but the suspect pulled the prongs off him, Ricketson said.

The deputy then used pepper spray, but Matthews grabbed the bottle and sprayed the deputy, prompting Ussery to shoot Matthews.

He died at the scene. The races of those involved in the shooting are unclear.

It was not immediately known exactly what items were taken from the store, but Ricketson said a packet of ramen noodles and a couple of packs of Bic lighters were found near the shooting site, Macon.com reports.

Matthews died at the scene (above, after the shooting) in Macon, Georgia, on Friday

Matthews died at the scene (above, after the shooting) in Macon, Georgia, on Friday

Matthews was released from prison in March after serving less than two years of a five-year sentence for a crime in 2013 that involved the possession of burglary tools, according to the website.

He had later asked for a new trial and when he was denied, he called the judge in his case a ‘son of a b****’ in open court.

Matthews had a lengthy criminal record and was first convicted of a crime when he was 23.

He has been to prison at least six times since the 1980s, according to Macon.com, including terms for robbery, robbery by snatching, simple battery and aggravated assault.

 

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