April 10, 2020 (3rd Update)
As Matthews Police Department investigators continued to gather information, along with corroborating evidence, an additional suspect has now been charged and arrested in this case. Mr. Ricardo Hernandez Sandoval (DOB - 01032002) of Monroe, NC, was charged with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony, and was taken in custody in Union County by Deputies from the Union County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Sandoval is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail.
April 1, 2020 (2nd UPDATE)
The evidence, in this case, indicates that this incident stemmed from an earlier roadway dispute on Hwy. 74 between the victim and the suspect, which sadly resulted in the death of Mr. Brett Thomas Butler. Matthews Police Department Investigators have worked tirelessly since this occurred to identify, locate and apprehend the person responsible. The suspect was ultimately identified as a 17-year-old male. A Juvenile Secure Custody Order for the charge of Murder was then applied for and obtained.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the suspect was taken into custody in Stallings, NC. Due to his status as a juvenile, his name will not be released.
The Matthews Police Department would like to thank CMPD, the FBI Violent Criminal Task Force, Stallings Police Department, Monroe Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and continued partnership in this case.
March 19, 2020 (UPDATE)
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the victim in this case succumbed to the injuries he sustained during yesterday's incident. He is identified as Mr. Brett Thomas Butler (DOB - 04/29/1986) of Charlotte. This is an ongoing investigation that has now been upgraded to a homicide. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Danielle Helms at [email protected] or 704-841-6706.
The suspect is described a a Hispanic male approximately 5'06" - 5'08" tall, last seen driving a black Acura TSX with a North Carolina registration plate number of PMX-5683.
March 18, 2020
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at approximately 5:57 P.M., Matthews officers responded to the intersection of Matthews Township Pkwy. and Sam Newell Rd. regarding a report of shots fired. Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered a vehicle that had crashed into a building in the Matthews Township Office Park located at 1348 Matthews Township Pkwy. with the driver suffering from a gunshot wound.
After the victim was shot, his vehicle traveled through the intersection and was involved in a crash with another vehicle before coming to a stop in the Matthews Township Office Park. The shooting victim, as well as the driver of the other vehicle, was transported to the hospital. There is currently no update available on their status.
Based on preliminary information in the investigation we do not have any reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the public. This continues to be an ongoing investigation as Detectives are following all leads to identify and apprehend the suspect. More information regarding this case will be provided as it becomes available.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male approximately 5’06” – 5’08” tall, wearing a black t-shirt, and blue jeans, driving a black 2007 Acura TSX with a North Carolina registration plate number of PMX-5683.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Danielle Helms at [email protected] or 704.841.6706.