Hero Down: Clark Cty Deputy Shot & Killed Responding to ‘Shots Fired’ Call

Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Yates was shot and killed after responding to a 'shots fired call' July 24 at a mobile home park. (Courtesy of Clark County)
Deputy Yates had served with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two stepsons, and father, who retired from the Clark County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy of Clark County)

July 27, 2022 – In Breaking News – Springfield News-Sun

Neighbors of a man who died after a shooting and fire at a Clark County mobile home park saw a woman enter the trailer before hearing several shots ring out, according to 911 records obtained Tuesday via public records requests.

The incident resulted in the death of veteran Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Yates, 41.

Cole White, 27, of South Charleston, and his mother, Jodie Arbuckle, 47, of Springfield, also were killed on Sunday, the Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

The initial gunfire evolved into an hours-long standoff with more shots and ended with the mobile home where it happened in Harmony Estates being destroyed by fire.

(People lined the streets of Downtown Springfield Monday as a procession of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Deputy Matthew Yates back to Clark County. Courtesy of WDTNTV and YouTube. Posted on Jul 25, 2022.)

Just before 11 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor called 911 to report what he thought was a break-in at his neighbor’s, identified as White, at 1132 Ashwood Drive in Harmony Twp. The neighbor told dispatchers that he saw a woman enter into the residence, then heard five or six gunshots ring out in the trailer.

The neighbor said he did not see the woman exit the trailer after the shots were fired and believed she was still inside. Another woman was outside, calling for her, the neighbor told the 911 dispatcher.

“This woman is not coming outside. I heard her scream, and then this other woman is yelling her name, she’s crying, she’s frantic,” the neighbor said.

Family members of White said they believed White shot his mother, identified as Arbuckle, who went to the mobile home to check on White after he had been unresponsive and having mental health issues. Investigators have not confirmed what family members have said.

A second 911 caller said she was on the phone with Arbuckle when she entered the mobile home. The caller said she was standing outside the trailer at the time of the call, said she heard Arbuckle scream and then heard nothing from her.

“Please, hurry,” she pleaded through tears. “Save us, please!”

(Funeral arrangements have been announced for a fallen Clark County sheriff’s deputy. Courtesy of WDTNTV and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2022.)

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Editor’s note:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Clark County Deputy Matthew Yates, both blood, and blue. Thank you for your bravery and commitment to serving the citizens of Ohio with pride and distinction.

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