Details emerge about Mansfield shooting, But comments on the MNJ are better!

MANSFIELD — Tonya Stecher said she was being robbed and beaten when she screamed to her teenage son: “Don’t let them leave!”

The Mansfield woman said she invited a couple into her home Monday night, but the duo tried to steal one of her guns.

“I said, (to my son) ‘Shoot their tires or something!’ ” Stecher, 42, said. “I thought my son was just going to shoot their car, but something else happened.”

According to authorities, Fionn Matthews, 26, driving a black Grand Am, was shot in the back. Washington Township EMS transported the shooting victim to MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital. The Mansfield man was later sent to The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, where he was discharged Tuesday.

No charges have been filed, nor arrests made in the incident, Sgt. Mike Viars said. The shooting victim also is under investigation, Viars said.

Charges will be reviewed by the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities said the case most likely will be forwarded to the grand jury.

Stecher said she’d only met the woman the day before.

“I invited her over to try on some of my clothes,” Stecher said. “I need to stop being so nice, because everyone just takes advantage of me and robs me.”

When the woman and Matthews arrived at Stecher’s 3246 Possum Run Road residence around 10 p.m. Monday, Stecher said she was nervous.

“I’d never seen him before in my life and I wasn’t going to let him in, but I did anyway,” she said. “I had to go to the restroom, and I told them to wait for me in the kitchen. They didn’t and I thought that was weird, but whatever.”

Instead, Stecher said the couple remained in her bedroom where her gun safe is located. When she returned to the room, Stecher said a gun was missing from the safe.

“I said, ‘You’re not leaving until I get my gun back,’ ” Stecher said Tuesday morning. “He said, ‘We didn’t take your gun. Check my car.’ But I don’t know how to check a car.”

As she chased them from her home into her gravel driveway, Stecher said the woman began to beat and pull her hair out. Stecher said she told her son to get another gun and shoot.

“My son is a good kid,” Stecher said tearfully. “He gets good grades. If I’d had the gun, I would have shot it instead.”

Richland County 9-1-1 received three phone calls that night from the involved parties. The first call was from Matthews before he was shot at 10:37 p.m. Matthews said five or six people had guns outside the house.

“These (expletive) kids got guns and shotguns and (expletive),” Matthews said, reportedly referring to the teens who were spending the night with Stecher’s son.

Toward the end of the call, Matthews began yelling he had been shot.

A second call from Stecher came in at 10:43 p.m. The dispatcher repeatedly asked, “Has anybody been shot?”

“No, but they beat the (expletive) out of me,” Stecher said.

The third call, from the woman reportedly with Matthews, came in at 10:44 p.m. The woman said, “I’ve got a pistol…. I need to get out of this car…. I’ve got an officer right here.”

The man (presumably Matthews) is heard in the background wailing about being shot.

Authorities stopped the Grand AM, approximately a half mile from Stecher’s home, just past Snow Trails Ski Resort. Matthews was conscious and speaking to medics as they assisted him.
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10 Responses to Details emerge about Mansfield shooting, But comments on the MNJ are better!

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  4. buckeyesyd says:

    Other details that didn’t emerge – lol!. This woman has a history of alcohol & drug abuse as well, her track record proves it!

    • buckeyesyd says:

      The reason they left these details out? – both parties involved have a HISTORY of abuse. This man has a history of violence, while the woman he accosted has a history of alcohol & drugs! – what a match made in heaven?. Thank God our Justice system has these NEW Special Courts in place, they are SURELY WORKING?.

  5. buckeyesyd says:

    A post I put on the Author of this story’s page on facebook –!/jami.kinton

    Jami, word has it that your ex-con who was shot recently was released from Prison, can you validate this?. I was e-mailed this on the MansfieldersPerspective group page on facebook. I suspect IF this is true we may have yet another issue with just how our justice system is failing us?. I would think with his violent past, and if just getting released from Prison and not on probation (a problem). The public NEEDS TO KNOW more than they’re being told, don’t you agree?.!/groups/112700505521062/

  6. buckeyesyd says:

    Join our group!/groups/112700505521062/
    on facebook if you are sick and tired of our perverted no justice system!

    This man with a HISTORY of Violence should not have been free to roam at night – period!.

    You can check Fionn Matthews record here! –

    2007 Aggravated Menacing – Dismissed – Judge Ault – balance owed $92
    2006 Domestic Violence – Change of plea (Deal) – Jerry Ault – balance owed $276
    2005 Assualt – Nolle – Jerry Ault – 0 balance
    2005 Assualt/Vandalism – waiver – Jeff Payton (retired) – balance owed $30
    2005 Domestic Violence – dismissed – Jerry Ault – 0 balance
    2004 Neg Assualt – plea deal – Jerry Ault – $326 owed

    at a minimum, this man should have been recognized as having a bench warrant for fees/fines unpaid – why is this NOT mentioned in the News?.

  7. buckeyesyd says:

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    This is just ANOTHER travesty to a corrupt justice system!. This man who was shot has a RAP SHEET with several Domestic Violences on it!, and I thought this was a serious crime?. Serious enough to where if you have as many as this man has that he would still be on probation and this would not have happened, but then again this is Richland County where if it can happen, it will!. People need to join us on and help us comment on the issues where your local paper won’t!.

    You will more than likely see this ex-con who was shot sue this woman and her child, that’s how justice works here! – If you don’t believe this, don’t follow those of us who know better…None of us will EVER be put in the same position as this woman, for we know how this system works! – VERY DANGEROUS ONE AT THAT!

    • buckeyesyd says:

      Phil Sydnor Here’s a PRIME EXAMPLE of how justice works!. Criminals are set FREE, you and I defend ourselves, and whala = more criminals are born!. What a GREAT system for the corrupt when the taxpayers STILL end up paying in the end. So much for the crimes that were LEGALIZED to help pay for this, they’re STILL raising taxes while we lose more jobs, making this even worse!. (IDIOTS)

  8. buckeyesyd says:

    Susan L. Stevens · Top commenter · Cosmic
    Not everyone takes getting robbed lying down. Some people will fight back. Do not rob nice people they may turn ugly on you!!

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    You are right!, how ever…even though this man who was shot has a rap sheet a mile long the Prosecutors will take FULL advantage of making money for the County. Lets not forget the FACT that this con will turn and sue next. People ignorant of how perverted OUR Laws are, will soon find out how easy it is for a criminal to recruit you into being one as well. Don’t like this?, then you need to pay attention to the perverted legal system.

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