Rogers Co. Deputies: Man Attacks Father, Stepmother, Shoots Himself In Leg


Thursday, June 18th 2020, 5:24 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter


ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. -

Rogers County deputies arrested a man they said beat up his father and stepmother then shot himself in the leg.

The family told deputies Matthew Seever has a history of mental health issues and this is the third time he’s been arrested for assault in three years.

Deputies said Matthew Seever has a violent past. They said while beating up his parents, he threatened to kill them and himself.

Deputies said Seever attacked his dad while he was sleeping, then Seever beat his stepmother when she tried to intervene.

Deputies said dispatchers heard two gunshots during the call.

"The son had retrieved a gun that they had hid from him earlier in the day. He returns back to the bedroom where they were fighting, fires a round into the ground in the direction of the father, then immediately turns the gun and shoots himself in the leg,” said Sgt. Bo Williams, with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams said Seevers' parents told them they had hidden the gun from Seever earlier in the day because he was having suicidal thoughts.

Williams said Seever and his dad had been drinking before the fight.

"Any time you mix mental health issues with alcohol, it is kind of a recipe for a disaster. This is kind of what we believe this was. Luckily no one was killed,” says Williams.

Records show Seever was charged with aggravated assault and battery in 2018 and then charged with domestic assault and child neglect in 2019. Those cases are pending.

"He's refused to get help from what the family has told me. How do you make somebody? That seems to be the problem in mental health. You can prescribe something or come up with a plan, but you can't force them to follow through,” said Williams.

Seever was taken to a hospital for the gunshot wound. Once he's released, he will be booked into the Rogers County Jail.