Murder charge filed in Highland Heights shooting


Koski Mathews

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A suspect was charged overnight after allegedly confessing to murdering a man on Monday.

According to police, Koski Mathews was in the 3000 block of Pershing Monday when Javarius Cole got into a fight with a family member. Witnesses said that's when Mathews pulled out a gun and shot Cole multiple times, fatally wounding him.

"It's family. A family is not going to let someone hurt family if they can help it," the suspect's father, Ronnie Mathews, said.

Mathews says his son, Koski, stepped in to stop a fight and protect his younger cousin and ended up shooting and killing Cole.

"I feel bad for the family of the other guy and also for my son."

That's because, according to police, after Mathews shot Cole one of Cole's friends returned fire, striking the suspect.

The father says the fight started in the middle of the street, and he didn't even know what was going on until his son burst through the door bleeding.

"When my son got shot, he ran into the door and into the house. I called 911."

An ambulance took Mathews to the hospital.

Police say, while being transported to the hospital, Mathews stated he'd shot Cole. The utterance was captured on an officer's body camera, police said.

The suspect's father says it's the first time he's heard of that.

'I don't know. I wasn't with him while he was being transferred, so I don't know."

Regardless, the family says they'll stand by Mathews because they believe he was standing up for his loved one.

He was charged with second-degree murder.

Cole was never transported, because he died at the scene of the shooting.


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