“Shoot me, shoot me”: Newberry man arrested after allegedly threatening deputy with hunting knife


NEWBERRY, Fla. – Matthew Jeremiah McDougald, 19, was arrested yesterday after allegedly raising a knife toward a deputy and yelling, “Shoot me, shoot me.”

At about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call about a battery in Newberry. When he arrived, he reportedly saw McDougald leaving his home, carrying a backpack, a belt, and an object in a black sheath. When McDougald saw the deputy, he reportedly turned and walked away. The deputy reported that he asked McDougald to walk over and talk to him, but McDougald continued walking away. McDougald also allegedly ignored further commands to stop and talk to the deputy. The deputy then noticed that McDougald had a large hunting knife, and he pulled his duty weapon, pointing it at McDougald and ordering him to drop the knife and get on the ground.

McDougald allegedly continued to walk away, stopping at the edge of the pavement to tell the deputy he could not pursue him if he crossed the county line. When the deputy said he would be pursuing him for a felony charge, McDougald allegedly turned and ran; when the deputy regained sight of him, he reported that McDougald was standing in the middle of the road with the knife unsheathed. McDougald allegedly walked toward the deputy, yelling, “Shoot me, shoot me.” At one point, McDougald allegedly took several steps in an aggressive manner, then raised the knife as if he were going to throw it, then stopped.

When backup arrived, McDougald reportedly threw down the knife and fled on foot; he was tazed several times before deputies were able to handcuff him.

While being transported to the jail, McDougald reportedly made several spontaneous statements about an incident that had just happened in his home; deputies investigating that incident charged McDougald with domestic battery and obstruction of justice after he allegedly pushed a family member and grabbed his phone while he was trying to call 911.

McDougald has been charged with obstructing justice by hindering communication with law enforcement, domestic battery, and resisting arrest without violence. He has no criminal history; Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $160,000.

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  • I know that it’s not standard protocol not to defend yourself in that situation. Each situation should be assessed by its own merit. The young man is alive because the Deputy was able to slow him down long enough for additional help to arrive.
    That took tremendous courage and and danger to himself. This family will continue to have him in it.
    Outstanding job.

    • I can only imagine what kind of person down voted this…whoever you are, you’re clearly not only a dimwit but a mean-spirited one.

  • A young Newberry dude with knife skills? Sign him up, he is exactly the demographic needed to take job training as a butcher at the new Newberry Slaughterhouse.

  • Interesting did you deputy tell him he wanted to talk to him or did he tell him he was detained?
    If the deputy did not tell him he was being detained he didn’t have to stop and talk to him you have the right to walk away from law-enforcement unless you’ve been detained will be very interesting to know the whole story

  • So he gets a $160,000 bail while the prior punk gets $5,000 bail?

    • He needs more felonies on his record to get a lower bail. That’s how it works. Bulk discount.

  • Awe, he should move to Hollyweird and get groomed for a Disney Mouseketeers spin-off.

  • If He Was A Black Kid He Would’ve Been Good & Dead Right Now Smh

    • If he was a black kid he would have had a gun not a knife and immediately run.

    • This is why we need more K9’s to apprehend & subdue criminals who may hurt themselves or others.

  • He isn’t a bad kid.. just had a very bad day. But you ghouls will comment because you love the drama

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