Man Arrested After Standoff with Fulton County Police

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Richard Irby


An armed Jonesboro man was arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Oct. 23, following a two hour standoff.

Kevin Matheny, 41, displayed a rifle and made threatening comments to Sheriff Buck Foley, four deputies and Wildlife Officer Derek Winters, as they arrived at his home on Reynolds Island Cove, which is near Lake Norfork in Fulton County.

Matheny's girlfriend called for help after Matheny told her he was "sitting on dynamite," and had posted on Facebook that he was going to blow up the first person that came to the residence.

Matheny initially refused to speak to officers, except for threatening to shoot them, and they backed off and took cover after Matheny said he had explosives in the back yard.

According to Chief Deputy Al Roork, Deputies Deric Franks and Boyd Daily eventually established a rapport with Matheny, and spoke to him through a bedroom window. He continued to display his weapon, however, and, at one point, threatened to kill Investigator Joe Boshears.

The two hour standoff finally ended when Matheny surrendered his weapon and exited the mobile home to surrender.

Matheny is charged with Felony Terroristic Threatening and Misdemeanor Threatening a Fire or Bombing. He was later released on his Own Recognizance to return to Jonesboro to seek medical treatment.

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