On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at approximately 2:50 PM, the Hiawassee Police Department in Georgia requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to assist in the investigation of a shooting at the Chatuge Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic in Hiawassee, Towns County, Georgia.
The victim, an employee of the Clinic, was shot multiple times by Charles Jason Matheson, 41 of Young Harris, GA, the victim’s estranged husband. The victim was transported to a north Georgia area hospital for treatment.
Matheson left the scene of the shooting and traveled to a family residence in Clay County, North Carolina.
The GBI and Hiawassee PD officials coordinated with the Clay County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office to locate Matheson.
With the help of SWAT teams from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement authorities were able to successfully arrest Matheson on Tuesday night in Clay County.
Matheson was originally charged with aggravated assault, which carries the same penalty as attempted murder in the state of Georgia. Matheson is currently in custody in Clay County NC pending extradition to Georgia.
The investigation is still ongoing and upon conclusion will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution. According to the Hiawassee PD, additional charges are forthcoming. The victim was immediately taken into surgery due to multiple gunshot wounds, and as of today is recovering.
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