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Ft. Thomas Shooting Update

New details are coming out tonight about the attempted murder-suicide that rocked Fort Thomas on Tuesday.

Police say Dennis Mathis shot his estranged wife Alisha several times when she arrived at her office and then killed himself.

Alisha Waters Mathis remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

Friday afternoon police released video and audio information that shows the chaos at the scene and what led up to it.

Local 12's Joe Webb has the story.

Things are pretty much back to normal at 20 Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas today, but this was a bustling crime scene Tuesday morning. That was outside.Inside the building, as the 911 calls show, it was sheer terror. Shortly after 8 am the calls started coming into Campbell County's Dispatch Center.

"911 audio"

When Fort Thomas police showed up they didn't know what they'd find. They found Dennis Mathis dead in the lobby, his wife Alisha Waters Mathis severely wounded.

Lt. Rich Whitford, Fort Thomas Police:"We entered the first door and found two down, we thought we had bodies all over the building."

Whitford said it was clear Alisha Waters Mathis would die without medical attention. He says the life squad crew arrived when the scene was still chaotic.

"They showed up and parked right up front. Are we secure? I said NO we're not, this is still a hot scene. He looked at me and I said I'll protect you. We made eye contact and he said okay. They came and they're the real heroes in this. They saved her life."

While police were busy at the scene, others searched Mathis' Independence home, among other things to make sure there weren't other victims. Inside they found a receipt from Triggers, a Florence gun store. The store cooperated and provided video surveillance that shows Dennis Mathis shopping for and buying a nine millimeter handgun and hollow-point ammunition Monday, one day before he chased down his estranged wife and shot her. He was by himself in the store.

From a police perspective, the investigation is over. Fort Thomas Police say they've examined every angle and have determined Dennis Mathis acted alone. The case may be over, but police say it will be a long time before they forget Tuesday morning.

 

 

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