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Affidavit sheds light on shooting death in Argyle

An arrest affidavit released Tuesday provided additional details on what Argyle police confronted in the shooting death of a town resident early Monday morning.  

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to release the name of the victim, believed to be in a white man in his late 50s. Ryan Anthony Matthews, 31, was arrested Monday and charged with murder in connection with the man's death. 

Ryan MatthewsCourtesy photo
Ryan Matthews
Courtesy photo

According to the affidavit, officers arrived at 700 Cypress St. about 4:20 a.m. Monday to see Matthews administering CPR to the shooting victim. A Springfield 9 mm handgun was lying on the kitchen table. One of the officers confiscated the gun while the other officer made a protective sweep of the house. 

An officer took Matthews to his patrol car and asked him what happened. Matthews told the officer he and the man, who both lived in the small rental house, had a fight that became physical. Matthews said the man put him in a headlock. When he broke free, he retrieved the pistol and shot the man, striking him in the neck, according to the affidavit. 

Medics with the Argyle Fire District pronounced the victim dead at the scene. 

Argyle, which is 10 miles south of Denton and has a population of 3,000, enjoys a low crime rate, according to national crime data. The homicide is believed to be the first in Argyle since the town's police department was founded in 1981. 

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.

FEATURED PHOTO: Investigators examine the external portion of a house Monday at 700 Cypress St. in Argyle where a homicide was been reported earlier in the day.
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