Brief pursuit ends in suicide in Hardin County

By Bryan Reynolds -

Matthew Wall

Matthew Wall

KENTON — A Hardin County man took his own life Thursday after fleeing authorities when a deputy attempted to serve him a warrant.

A deputy with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on 39-year-old Matthew Wall, of Kenton, at 4:26 p.m. Thursday at county Road 130 and Jones Road. The deputy wanted to serve him with an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear in court from Putnam County.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Wall refused to stop and a brief pursuit ensued. Fearing for public safety, the deputy ended the pursuit but continued to follow Wall to his residence at 13051 township Road 95. Wall barricaded himself in his garage, while the deputy called for backup.

Wall shot himself when deputies attempted to enter the garage after negotiations failed.

The failure to appear warrant the deputy tried to serve Wall was for a charge of driving under suspension, according to Hardin County officials.

Emily Roy, communications coordinator for the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, said Wall had been taken into custody in July of this year and handed over to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear. The booking department of the Putnam County Jail confirmed the arrest in July was also for failure to appear on the driving under suspension charge.

Wall had a few traffic-related run-ins with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, including traffic stops and a charge of reckless operation, and an instance of vandalism, Roy said.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification was requested to investigate the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Matthew Wall Wall

By Bryan Reynolds

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