Police claim that the man who shot his ex-girlfriend last Tuesday was given advice on how to react to her updated relationship status on Facebook by a neighbor’s dog who communicates with him.
Matthew Gonzalez, 48, shot his ex-girlfriend in the head and later turned himself in at a local church. Fortunately, the victim survived the shooting and was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.
According to police, Gonzalez says that his neighbor’s dog told him “you need to take care of this.” ABQ Journal explains that Gonzalez said that meant he should commit suicide over the posting, and he decided to do so in front of her. His intention was for his ex-girlfriend to “know how he felt” about the single status on Facebook so he then got a gun from his sister’s home and drove to the victim’s house.
He confronted her outside, as she was leaving with her 10-year-old daughter.
"Don’t make me drag you into the car," he reportedly said. He showed her the gun and forced her into a car, according to the complaint. He started driving, and stopped at Gwin and Unser to merge. The victim tried to get out of the car, and he tried to grab her, which is when he shot her, he told police.
Gonzalez also told police that he intended to commit suicide afterwards and called his boss for help. His boss convinced him to talk to Legacy Church pastor Paul Lovato. He took the advice and drove to the church, where he was eventually arrested.
Gonzalez was charged with aggravated battery on a household member, aggravated assault on a household member, child abuse, assault on a household member with intent to commit a violent felony, robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping with great bodily harm and larceny. He was booked into the county jail on a no bond hold.