Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, Solon is identified by police as man charged with murder in fatal shooting that followed car crash
Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, runs a red light, strikes Deborah Pearl, 53, car,
Deborah Pearl, the victim
Deborah Pearl, 53, was on her way to work Saturday morning when Ryan Desha, 29, ran a red light and struck her car in Solon, Ohio Police say Desha got out of his car with a rifle and shot the mother of three
Pearl had her hands up in the air as she was killed, witnesses recounted
Desha was arrested near the scene and charged with murder
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w Ryan Desha, 29, of North Ridgeville, is charged with murder in the death of Deborah Pearl, police said.
He will appear Monday in Bedford Municipal Court.
Pearl, 53, of Twinsburg, died Saturday after Desha shot her with a 5.56-millimeter rifle, police said.
Officers arrested Desha at the scene without incident.
Pearl left home Saturday morning to head to work at South East Harley Davidson in Bedford Heights, er son said.
Ryan Desha the shooter
Ryan Desha ran a red light just after 7:20 a.m. on Solon Road and hit Pearl’s Ford Taurus at the intersection of Richmond Road. The impact pushed Pearl’s car several feet east onto Solon Road. Desha’s Jeep flipped several times and landed on its roof about 50 feet from Pearl’s car, police said
Witnesses said Desha exited his car with a rifle. One witnesses say that Pearl had her hands in the air when Desha shot her several times.
Officers found Pearl lying in the roadway. She died after paramedics took her to University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Motive for the killing hs not yer been released
Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, North Ridgeville man accused in a deadly shooting in Solon is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has dealt with mental health issues in the years since his discharge, records show.
The North Ridgeville Police Department noted in a report that Matthew R. Desha suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Desha also told Boardman Township officers who arrested him earlier this year that he took medication for anxiety and that he was once addicted to heroin.
The records provide more insight into the man charged in the shooting that killed Deborah Pearl on Saturday in Solon. The shooting happened moments after Desha’s Jeep crashed into the 53-year-old woman’s car in a busy intersection.
The 29-year-old is charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bond.
Desha was twice deployed to Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 2004 to June 2008, military records show.
Police reports compiled over the past eight years suggest that Desha has dealt with mental-health issues in the time since his discharge and has had repeated run-ins with the law.