Man arrested after shooting near church

By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS/Publisher

Currently out on bond, Vincent D. Mathis of Hughes Springs was taken into custody Oct. 3 in the Cass County Jail and charged with deadly conduct with a firearm following a recent altercation outside the Liberty Methodist Church in Hughes Springs.

According to Hughes Springs Police Chief Randy Kennedy, Mathis and his girlfriend had an argument at a nearby apartment Sunday, Sept. 30. The young lady later left the residence to attend church.  At some point afterwards, Mathis allegedly drove to the church’s location, stuck a gun out of the rear window of the vehicle and then fired several rounds of ammunition randomly.

“Fortunately, none of the bullets ricocheted and hit anyone,” Chief Kennedy said.

Mathis then fled the scene and police later recovered shell casings in the front yard of the church. Mathis turned himself in to authorities a week ago and has since been released.

“I am definitely a defender of the Second Amendment, but safety always comes first,” Chief Kennedy said. “You just can’t use a weapon in anger like in this situation.  This could have been so much worse. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it could have been very tragic.”

If Mathis is convicted, the felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.