Sheriff: Additional 'incident' took place before Tuesday shooting that left woman dead
Adrian Mata (Source: Smith County Jail)
Jennifer Mata (Source: Facebook)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
New information has been learned about a Smith County shooting that left a woman dead Tuesday morning.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that an additional incident took place on County Road 333 around 8 a.m. prior to the murder of 30-year-old Jennifer Mata. The incident relates to numerous shots being fired near Mata's residence. It was not initially reported to authorities at the time of the event, but was learned during the investigation.
Authorities also said they are still searching for the gray PT Cruiser in which 29-year-old Adrian Ray Mata fled the residence in.
A pistol was recovered during Adrian Mata's arrest Tuesday afternoon, but officials have not confirmed if it is in fact the murder weapon. The pistol is currently being analyzed at the Texas Department of Public Safety Laboratory.
Smith County authorities also announced that they do expect additional charges to be filed against Adrian Mata. Those charges are currently being pursued and will be announced when they are filed.
Adrian Mata was arrested without incident at a residence just after 2:30 p.m. on Serenity Way near Lake Palestine off of Farm to Market Road 2661.
Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer John Moore says authorities responded to the 1500 block of CR 333 around 11:17 a.m. Tuesday morning where they found Jennifer Mata, 30, shot in the head. Jennifer was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where she died from her injuries just after 3 p.m Tuesday.
Adrian Mata left the scene of the shooting in a dark gray PT Cruiser. He was later located at the home on Serenity Way. The residence belonged to Adrian's boss, who he did drywall work for. The man, who did not want to be identified, said that Adrian trusted him. Numerous deputies in tactical gear surrounded the home after investigators received information that Mata was believed to be armed.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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