SUBJECT: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Key West Estates
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-090
CONTACT: Lt. Doug Daza
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in a west side residence early this morning. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in Key West Estates for a domestic dispute. The caller advised that she had been attacked by her son and advised 911 operators that her husband had her son at gunpoint. Deputies were dispatched and the caller was asked to remain on the line. Just prior to the arrival of Sheriff’s deputies, gunshots were heard on the call.
Arriving deputies encountered the caller and her juvenile daughter outside the residence. The caller advised that she believed her son, 21-year-old Matthew Scott Uloth, had been shot by her husband, Jon Scott Uloth and that both were still inside the residence. Entry was made and Matthew and Jon Uloth were observed to be fighting each other. Matthew then charged a deputy and punched him in the jaw. Matthew was restrained and it was determined that he had two apparent gunshot wounds, one to the right shoulder and the other to the abdomen. Medical personnel responded and Matthew was taken to Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the involved parties and were advised that Matthew had been acting increasingly strange in recent days. On the evening of the attack, Matthew had indicated that he had possibly ingested some sort of drug. Matthew’s erratic behavior escalated to an attack on his mother during which he strangled her. At this point, his father Jon drew his pistol and attempted to keep him at bay while his wife called 911. During the call, Matthew charged his father who then shot him out of fear for his and his wife’s safety.
At this time, no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. It does appear that the shooting was justified, however a case file will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. Matthew Uloth remains at Deaconess Hospital.