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Florida Man Allegedly Drives Up To Cyclist And Shoots Him In Head With Crossbow
Matthew Peters allegedly had methamphetamine on him when police took him into custody.
A Florida man is accused of driving up to a cyclist and shooting him in the head with a crossbow.
Benny Davis, 57, was riding his bike through Fort Walton Beach on Sunday night when a ‘90s model pickup truck pulled up beside him and fired an arrow into his head from a crossbow, a press release from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department stated. Then, the pickup drove off.
Officers arrived at the scene where they rendered aid to Davis before he was transported to a nearby hospital with serious head injuries. He has since been released.
Police interviewed Davis and were able to pinpoint Mathew Ross Peters, 42, as the driver of the pickup. A BOLO (be on the lookout) for his truck was put out to the public and by Tuesday afternoon the vehicle was spotted at a hotel in town, according to police.
“A perimeter was established at the hotel and surveillance was conducted until 5:30 p.m. when the suspect was spotted exiting his room armed with a crossbow,” police said.
He was arrested without incident. Police said in their release that “a subsequent search warrant conducted on his hotel room revealed further evidence related to the crime.” They also allegedly found methamphetamine on him.
It’s unclear what the motive was in the attack or if Peters and Davis knew each other.
Peters has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of firing a deadly missile into a moving vehicle, and possession of methamphetamine, according to online jail records. He is being held without bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Zbikowski at the Fort Walton Beach Police Department at 850-833-9537.