Gonzales shooting kills 1, injures 1

Subject surrenders to police; investigation ongoing


Two people were shot, one fatally, during a domestic disturbance that spanned two locations in Gonzales on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and resulted in a Gonzales woman being taken into custody.

Lt. Jason Montoya of the Gonzales Police Department said in a press release officers responded Tuesday night to the 1100 block of Hastings Street regarding a report that a female had been shot. While they were in route to that call, the telecommunications officer advised a call came into 911 where a caller advised there had been a possible second gunshot victim at 410 Village Drive.

Officers responded to both locations. One female victim, later identifed as Jacquline Marlene Mathis, 58, of Gonzales, was found in the 1100 block of Hastings Street with a single gunshot wound and was airlifted to an Austin hospital. Mathis was last reported to be in stable condition, according to the release by Montoya.

When officers arrived at 410 Village Drive, they located a male victim in an apartment who appeared to have a gunshot wound and was unresponsive. EMS was called to the scene to assist and determined the victim was dead. Justice of the Peace Deidra Voigt was called to the scene and the victim was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Jesse Russell Jr., 53, also from Gonzales.

A short time after officers responded to these calls, 55-year-old Carol Hunt Russell of Gonzales surrendered to police. She remains in the Gonzales County Jail, charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $600,000 on the murder charge and $150,000 on the aggravated assault charge.

The deceased, Jesse Russell Jr., is the ex-husband of Carol Hunt Russell, Montoya confirmed.

The Gonzales Police Department, The Gonzales Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers are working jointly on the investigation, which is still ongoing.