Former school board member Sherman Matthews shot

Former school board member Sherman Matthews shot

October 11th, 2009 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

What was supposed to be a visit for a car repair turned into a trip to the hospital for 61-year-old Sherman Matthews, who was shot in the leg during a robbery at a local mechanic's house Saturday.

Mr. Matthews, a former school board member, was talking with Odell Fears at 2101 Raulston St. when they were approached by two young black male suspects with guns, according to a news release by Sgt. Jerri Weary, public information officer with the Chattanooga Police Department.

Sgt. Weary said they were told to give over their money or be shot. When Mr. Matthews didn't immediately comply, he was shot in the leg by one of the suspects. Mr. Odell was not injured. Once the suspects got the money, they fled on foot.

Mr. Matthews was transported to Erlanger hospital for the injury to his leg.

The two suspects were described as black males in their teens to early twenties. One suspect is about 6 feet tall, 170 lbs, dark skinned, and wearing all black while the second suspect is 5 feet tall, 135 lbs, wearing a white shirt and tan pants.

Police were able to recover some evidence from the scene but are seeking more information on the suspects.