Woman charged with murder in connection to Ardmore shooting

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 4:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2022 at 4:20 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - A 27-year-old Ardmore woman has been charged with 2nd degree murder after police say she shot and killed a man trying to steal a truck.

It happened late last month in the neighborhood on John Road, just off of Myall Road.

According to the press release from Ardmore Police, Meghan Matthews was at a friend’s house when she heard a stranger, Gary Williams, trying to steal her boyfriend’s truck.

A press release states Matthews told investigators she yelled out to the driver to stop the vehicle, but when the driver did not Matthews took out a pistol and fired several shots at the car.

One of those bullets hit Williams on the left side of his body.

Williams crashed into a neighbor’s house and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

“This is one of the instances where we ask the public not to take the matters into their own hands,” Ardmore Police captain Claude Henry said. “In this instance, Ms. Matthew’s life was not in any immediate danger by the vehicle being stolen.”

Henry said Matthews wasn’t defending herself from Williams, who was driving away from her.

“In Oklahoma with the way the laws are written, a private citizen has to overcome the same type of requirements for justifiable homicide as a police officer does,” Henry said. “So there has to be an imminent threat to their own life or somebody else’s life, or a great deal of property that’s involved.”

News 12 asked if the car met that limit of property.

“Whenever you have the owner of a vehicle inside a house and they hear their vehicle start up and is driving away, that’s not gonna be considered enough proof to justify anybody losing their life over it,” Henry said.

Police said Williams has been a suspect in other car thefts.

Henry said the bottom line is that what happened fit the law’s definition of murder in the 2nd degree.

“It’s unfortunate that we have a family that’s grieving the loss of a loved one and we also have a family that’s going to have to deal with someone being incarcerated for their actions,” Henry said. “So the biggest thing is, we want citizens to not take matters into their own hands and give us a chance to do our jobs as police officers.”

Police said Matthews was arrested on Friday.