RALEIGH — Matthew Durwood Calton, whom police accused of fatally shooting a man Nov. 23 and then exchanging gunfire with police later in the day, has been formally arrested after being released from a hospital.
Calton, 53, of 7001 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, was charged with murder at midday Monday and is being held at the Wake County Detention Center without bail.
Police say Calton shot Jay Gould Simmons, 53, while Simmons was sitting in his truck outside Carquest Auto Parts at 2635 E. Millbrook Road. Police have not disclosed a possible motive, but tax records show that Calton rented from Simmons in Neusewoods Mobile Home Park in Raleigh.
The shooting happened about 2 p.m. on Nov. 23. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., police got a 911 call that sent them to the rear of the Creedmoor Crossing shopping center to investigate what the caller called “something suspicious.”
The first officers to arrive, M.M. Harmon and D.B. Moreland, saw a Cadillac that matched the description of the vehicle that witnesses said sped away from the earlier shooting. While investigating, Harmon and Moreland heard a gunshot and saw a muzzle flash in woods behind the center.
They called for backup, and additional officers arrived. Meanwhile, detectives monitoring the situation determined the 911 call had come from a phone number associated with Calton, according to a police report released Nov. 30.
Around 9:30 p.m., police spotted Calton coming out of the woods carrying a shotgun and scrambling across the parking lot behind a trash bin. The officers ordered Calton to drop the gun and to come out from behind the bin.
He stepped out and fired at the officers, the report said, hitting Harmon in the right arm. The officers fired back, wounding Calton and ending the standoff.