Charges filed in Marion shooting

MARION A 33-year-old Bucyrus man is in critical condition at a Columbus hospital after an exchange of gunfire Tuesday afternoon with a Marion police officer and a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release, Matthew W. Lust, is at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and has undergone multiple surgeries. The law enforcement officials said Lust most recently was listed as being in critical condition.

The victim of the shooting, a 30-year-old Marion woman, was released from the hospital, but will need future medical care as a result of the incident with Lust, according to the news release.

The two law enforcement officers were not injured. The officer involved was Officer Joseph McDonald, a four-year veteran of the Marion Police Department, and the deputy involved was Lt. Christy Utley, an 18-year veteran with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

At 4:46 p.m. on July 3, Marion police officers responded to the area of Bain Avenue for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a woman had sustained gunshot wounds after being fired upon several times while sitting inside a vehicle. The victim was wounded, but it is believed that her injuries are not life threatening.

Information was received indicating that the male suspect involved in the shooting was Lust, who was said to be an estranged boyfriend of the victim, and it was believed he was headed to an address in the 500 block of Patterson Street to cause harm to a man at that location.

A Marion officer and a deputy arrived at the Patterson Street address at 5:18 p.m., with the intention of alerting the male subject of a potential threat of violence by Lust.

Upon arrival, the officer and deputy encountered a man at the front of the Patterson Street location which matched the description provided of Lust. In the initial interaction with law enforcement, Lust presented a firearm, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the two law enforcement officers.

Lust was struck and wounded in that exchange. He was secured and transported to Marion General Hospital and subsequently flown by medical helpicopter to Columbus.

An involved firearm was recovered from the scene of the shooting.

A warrant has been issued for Lust’s arrest. He faces charges of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault. Additional charges are possible pending the results of the investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Lust will be arrested on the warrant upon his release from the hospital.

Numerous Marion Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Highway Patrol personnel were on scene after the shooting, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assumed the lead role in the investigation of the officer-involved-shooting incident. The police officer and deputy involved were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, consistent with the policies of both agencies for officer-involved shootings.

This investigation into the shooting continues.


Staff report