Reports say suspect in fatal shooting was veteran with PTSD

SOLON, Ohio (AP) — Records show a man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman after a traffic accident near Cleveland served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps and received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Desha (DESH’-uh) told North Ridgeville police in 2011 about his PTSD diagnosis. Police were asked to check on him two years later after he stopped attending PTSD group therapy sessions at a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic.

Desha is charged with killing 53-year-old Deborah Pearl, of Twinsburg, after running a red light and hitting Pearl’s car Saturday morning at a Solon intersection. Police say Desha shot Pearl multiple times with an AR-15 rifle.

Solon police say there’s no indication the two knew each other.

Desha’s court-appointed attorney didn’t return messages Tuesday.