Gainesville shooting leads to standoff, arrest in Union County


Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.

A Tuesday night shooting in southwest Gainesville led to the arrest of a man following a short standoff with authorities in Union County, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Matthew Dukes, 34, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said in a news release.

The incident occurred at 9008 SW 100th Terrace at about 8:15 p.m.

Forgey said Dukes and another man got into an argument after Dukes fired a round from a revolver into the air while children were around, deputies reported.

Dukes is alleged to have thrown a beer bottle toward the man in his yard. The man threw it back at Dukes, Forgey said. Dukes then shot the man in his right calf and drove off, the report states. The injury was not life-threatening, deputies reported.

A bulletin was issued, and Dukes’ vehicle was found in Worthington Springs near the home of his grandparents, Forgey said.

As Union County deputies approached the home, Dukes told them he had barricaded himself inside the residence with additional firearms.

Union County requested assistance from the ASO SWAT team. Dukes surrendered after a relatively short standoff after talking with ASO’s negotiations response team, Forgey said.

- Cindy Swirko

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