TAYLOR, MI (WXYZ) - The Taylor police department says charges against the man accused of shooting Officer Matthew Edwards by the end of this week.
Action News has learned police are investigating whether the gun that was used in the killing was stolen. Sources tell us it may have been swiped from another law enforcement agency. So far those details have yet to be confirmed by Taylor Police.
Meanwhile the neighbor who says she saw Tyress Mathews moments before the shooting, is speaking out for the first time. Dorthea Kemp says she called police after hearing 36 year-old Mathews pounding on his estranged wife's door.
Kemp tells us she ducked into a hallway and called 9-1-1. Edwards and his partner arrived on scene and confronted Mathews and Mathews allegedly opened fire. Edwards went down - his partner returned fire and chased down Mathews, who sustained at least one gunshot wound.
Mathews is recovering in the hospital. Edwards' partner was not injured.
Mathews' wife has not been seen at her home in the Coppertree apartments since the violence erupted early Friday morning, but she has spoken out on Facebook. She's defending Mathews, claiming news reports are false and that the "truth will come to light."
Neighbors tell us Mathews and his wife had a troubled relationship, saying Mathews had struck his wife in the past. The two share a son.
Funeral arrangements for Cpl. Edwards are as follows:
Howe-Peterson Funeral Home
9800 Telegraph Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Tuesday July 27: Public viewing 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 28: Public viewing 4 to 8 p.m.
Beacon Baptist Church
21721 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Thursday, July 29: Public viewing at 11 a.m.; funeral service at Noon
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