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Sunday, March 20, 2011

[OH] Please pray for Deputy Laura Worthington's full (mind, body, and soul) recovery

Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Laura Worthington was attacked and stabbed in the neck critically by her ex-deputy husband Matthew, who was found dead at the scene.


"My husband stabbed me," a Franklin County deputy told a 911 dispatcher early yesterday from the bedroom of her South Side home. Then she gasped and cried out that her husband had just shot himself... Neighbors told ABC6/FOX28 News' Mike McCarthy that they recalled hearing shouting coming from the Worthingtons' home early Wednesday. They said they never expected to hear a scream - and, then a gunshot. Police say the incident appeared to spring from a case of domestic violence...

HUSBAND STABS DEPUTY WIFE, SHOOTS HIMSELF
ABC6OnYourSide.com
Mar 16, 2011
[Excerpts] A former Sheriff's deputy allegedly stabbed his wife -- a current Franklin County Sheriff's deputy -- in her neck Wednesday morning, ABC6/FOX28 News has learned. Police say Matthew Worthington then shot himself in his chest in the backyard of the couple's home on Breeze Hill Drive in Grove City. Emergency crews responded to a call to the home just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Medics rushed the Worthingtons to the hospital. Matthew did not survive his injuries, while Laura was placed in intensive care. She's expected to live. Police say the incident appeared to spring from a case of domestic violence. Neighbors told ABC6/FOX28 News' Mike McCarthy that they recalled hearing shouting coming from the Worthingtons' home early Wednesday. They said they never expected to hear a scream - and, then a gunshot... The couple's two young children -- who witnesses say are two daughters, ages 4 and 6 - were at the home when the stabbing and shooting happened. Police say they did not see the incidents and are staying with family members... [Full article here]

POLICE: OFF-DUTY DEPUTY STABBED BY HUSBAND
WBNS-10TV
March 16, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Another Franklin County deputy who lives up the street from the family said Matthew Worthington called him shortly before the shooting. He ran to the house to try to help out and spoke to 911 operators who were on the line with Laura Worthington, Strickler reported. Police said that the couple's two daughters, ages 3 and 6, were inside the home during the ordeal and were not harmed. Matthew Worthington, who worked as a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's office, resigned in 2008... He resigned after a sheriff's investigation revealed that he had humiliated newly hired deputies by forcing them to sing and act out children's nursery rhymes and play leapfrog at the Franklin County Jail. At about the same time, a female deputy accused Worthington of sexual harassment... Sheriff investigators said Worthington was "insulting, degrading, demeaning and hostile" to female deputies in the jail. Matthew Worthington had earned his license as a registered nurse since leaving the departmen... [Full article here]

DEPUTY STABBED IN NECK AT HOME: Husband attacked her, fatally shot himself, she tells 911 dispatcher
The Columbus Dispatch
By Jason Shough and Kathy Lynn Gray
Thursday, March 17, 2011 03:07 AM
[Excerpts] "My husband stabbed me," a Franklin County deputy told a 911 dispatcher early yesterday from the bedroom of her South Side home. Then she gasped and cried out that her husband had just shot himself. Laura Worthington's husband, former Deputy Matthew Worthington, stabbed her in the neck shortly before 1 a.m. and then shot himself in the backyard of their home at 2259 Breeze Hill Dr., according to the 911 call... Columbus police received a hang-up call from the house before 1 a.m., and when a dispatcher called back, Mr. Worthington answered the phone. At first, he denied that anyone had called, but then he frantically told the dispatcher that he had stabbed his wife and she was going to die if paramedics didn't come quickly. Coroner Jan Gorniak said Mr. Worthington had been shot in the chest. He had resigned from the sheriff's office in 2008 after being suspended for insubordination, sexually harassing female subordinates and neglecting his duties. Investigators wrote that "he admitted he was unable to control his outbursts of anger, perceived by his subordinates as intimidating"... He had worked for the sheriff's office for 10 years and was a sergeant when he resigned. The Worthingtons married in 1997... [Full article here]

Matthew Alan Worthington
The Columbus Dispatch
Published: March 19, 2011
[Excerpts] Matthew Alan Worthington, age 38, of Grove City, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on March 16, 2011... Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife... Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the SCHOEDINGER GROVE CITY CHAPEL 3920 Broadway Grove City. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123; Rev. Scott Ness, officiating; Interment Concord Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for the education of Matt's daughters... [Full obituary here]

Matthew Alan Worthington Guest Book

EXCERPTS:

...Matt was not only my co-worker but my friend...Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. This has been a tremendous shock on us all...

...May God hold you all in His loving arms and comfort you with His love and grace...

...I am praying for you Laura and your girls...

...We pray God will be with Laura in her healing and the girls...

...Condolences to Laura, the girls and all of Matt's family and friends at this very unfortunate and difficult time...

...It was a privilege to have know Matt, he was a good student who took pride in his studies and was always available to help other students in need...
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1 comment:

  1. For those who would like to try to put together more about what could lead up to or precede such a tragic event, I have put some excerpts here:

    https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1I9rz16XpFkTx4RXPZJa48ncTtseJ0c0RRKn5I06t7r4

    I put them no a separate page out of respect for Mr. Worthington's people.

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