[Updated] Charges filed in shooting death of child
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[Update 4/29/22] The suspects in this case turned themselves in today and were booked at the Larimer County Jail. We appreciate our community's care and concern in this heartbreaking case, and we'll continue to work diligently in pursuit of justice for Roy.
Two people are wanted on charges related to the accidental shooting death of a child, and police need help finding them.
On April 10, 2022, Fort Collins Police Services responded to a home in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue where a six-year-old boy had accidentally shot himself. He was transported to an area hospital but died as a result of his injuries.
The Larimer County Coroner identified the child as Roy Summers and determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound and manner of death was accident (meaning the shooting was not intentional).
Fort Collins Police detectives investigated to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. After processing the scene, gathering evidence, and conducting interviews, they learned that Roy’s mother, Rosinetta Mackall, 40, had taken the handgun out earlier that day. Mackall left the unsecured weapon laying in an area frequently accessed by her children. Several hours later, Roy picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself.
Mackall has been charged with Child Abuse – Knowingly/Recklessly Causes Death (class 2 felony) and Unlawful Storage of a Firearm (class 2 misdemeanor).
Detectives interviewed Mackall’s husband, Ron Matthews, 35, who was not living at the home and wasn’t present when the shooting happened. When questioned about his interactions with Mackall surrounding the incident, Matthews lied and tampered with evidence of their conversation. As a result, he has been charged with Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (class 4 felony) and Tampering with Physical Evidence (class 6 felony).
“While people will be held accountable for their reckless actions, nothing can bring back this little boy. Justice feels like a hollow word in cases like this, but each of us can honor Roy’s life through our own actions,” said Chief Jeff Swoboda. “If you own guns, always keep them secured. Talk to your family and friends about safe storage and handling. Please remember Roy and take responsibility.”
Arrest warrants were signed on April 21. Police have been trying to find Mackall and Matthews since then but have not been successful in locating or contacting them by phone. The couple's last contact with authorities was during a civil court hearing on Thursday, April 21, and detectives are concerned that they may have left the area following that virtual appearance.
Recent photos are attached for reference, courtesy of Weld County Sheriff’s Office (photo from February 2022) and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (photo from January 2022). Anyone with information about this case or the suspects' current location is asked to contact Detective Matt Schuh at 970-416-8043. People who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.
All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.