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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Suspect charged in shooting

  • A man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting this weekend in Leavenworth, a prosecution official said.
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  • A man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting this weekend in Leavenworth, a prosecution official said.
    Justin M. Driscoll, 26, Leavenworth, made his first appearance Monday afternoon in Leavenworth County District Court for a charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Driscoll was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection to the shooting death of Dick Mathis.
    Mathis, 30, died Saturday morning in Leavenworth. He was shot while he was a passenger in a pickup truck in the area of 18th and Cherokee streets, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Police were called at 2:41 a.m. Saturday after two people brought Mathis to Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital after he'd been shot.
    Mathis reportedly was shot in the chin by a bullet from a 9 mm handgun.
    Mathis, Driscoll and two other men had been traveling in an extended cab pickup truck when the gun discharged, wounding Mathis, according to Nicodemus sand Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens. Police aren't releasing many other details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
    "We're not willing to talk about it at this time," Nicodemus said.
    He said the case is still under investigation.
    According to the complaint document used to charge Driscoll, the alleged crime involved reckless behavior.
    One of the four men who was present at the time of the shooting apparently was not with Mathis when he was taken to the hospital. But Driscoll was one of the people who took Mathis to the hospital, according to Kitchens.
    Driscoll was arrested around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Nicodemus.
    While in court Monday, Driscoll requested to have a court-appointed attorney.
    Court records indicate KiAnn McBratney has been appointed his attorney.
    Driscoll is next scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

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