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Complaint: Deadly shooting at Wilderness resort sparked by parking lot argument

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Courtesy of the Sauk County Jail

BARABOO, Wis. — The man suspected in a deadly shooting at the Wilderness Resort is now facing a reckless homicide charge for his alleged involvement.

Online court records show 24-year-old Rhodaine Matthews was charged Thursday with first-degree reckless homicide with a use-of-a-dangerous-weapon modifier.

According to the criminal complaint, the shooting happened shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 after Matthews and some friends met up at a local bar to celebrate a friend’s recent move to the area.

When the bar closed, Matthews and three others, including the victim, got into the same car so he could drop the others off at their vehicle. An argument then broke out as the victim was getting out of the car at their destination.

According to the complaint, Matthews grabbed a gun out of the vehicle’s center console before exiting. Both Matthews and the victim were threatening each other’s life, according to a witness cited in the complaint.

One witness told police the victim pushed Matthews during the argument, prompting Matthews to aim the gun at the victim and shoot.

During a follow-up interview, Matthews told law enforcement that the victim cut him with a knife during the altercation, but when pressed further, Matthews reportedly admitted that his friend cut him with the victim’s knife after the shooting in an attempt “to save his life.” Matthews’ friend had previously told police he saw a cut mark on Matthews’ arm when he dropped him off after leaving the scene.

Matthews later told police he shot the victim after he pulled out a knife because he was scared.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 12. He’s being held on a $750,000 cash bond.

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