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Woman Remains Critical After Ft. Thomas Shooting
FT. THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC-TV)
FT. THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC-TV)A Northern Kentucky woman remained in critical condition Tuesday night after her estranged husbanded shot her in the lobby of her office building before turning the gun on himself.
Alisha Waters-Mathis, 30, arrived at her office on Grand Ave. just after 8:00 a.m. Ft. Thomas Police said Dennis Mathis was waiting and ambushed her.
"Witnesses are saying he parked around at another office complex and ran after her, chased her into the building. That's where he caught up to her and shot her multiple times," said Lt. Rich Whitford.
Investigators searched the Independence home the couple once shared. Alisha Waters-Mathis had moved out in March. Mathis still lived at the house. Neighbors said they were surprised to hear what had happened.
"They was always quiet, kept to themselves. Never really came outside or associated with anybody," said Brad Cappel, who lives next door.
According to court records, Dennis Mathis filed for divorce in March and his wife requested an Emergency Protection Order in April. Waters-Mathis said her estranged husband was "being verbally abusive and calling up to 186 times in a matter of two weeks."
Waters-Mathis wrote that she feared for her safety and the safety of her dogs and she believed Dennis was not taking medication for a mental illness from which he suffered.
Kenton Co. Judge Lisa Bushelman dismissed the request for the protection order stating there "was no allegation of domestic violence."
If the couple had problems, neighbors were not aware of it.
"It was kind of freaky to know that something like that could happen so close to where you live," said Ryan Swayne, who lived across the street.
The flurry of gunfire sent Waters-Mathis's co-workers and others nearby into a panic. Employees barricaded themselves in their offices and called 911.
Waters-Mathis works as a receptionist at Personal Touch Home Care. A co-worker described her as diligent and well-liked.
"We just want to say to all of our field staff, everyone else who's ok, please keep Alisha in your prayers. Think of her today. Everyone else is fine," said Terry Carpenter.
Independence Police said they had been called to the Mathis's home twice.
Once in June 2012 for a verbal dispute between Dennis Mathis and his father. In March 2013, Alisha Waters-Mathis had requested a police officer be present when she went to the house to retrieve some of her belongings.