UPDATE: A Bradley County man is now facing a second-degree murder charge after shooting a man to death on Sunday morning. 

According to court documents, Matthew Wolfcale shot Jesse Johnson multiple times following an altercation.

The argument between the men began when Johnson found Wolfcale assaulting Wolfcale's fiance, Ashley Wilson. 

Johnson attempted to pull Wolfcale off Wilson when Wolfcale turned on Johnson.

During the physical altercation between the two men, Wolfcale grabbed a Taurus 9mm handgun from his closet and shot Johnson multiple times.

When police arrived, Wolfcale allegedly told officers "I f'ed up that, I'm going to get so much time, but it was self-defense." 

Wolfcale is charged second-degree murder.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: An arrest has been made in an early Sunday murder in Bradley County.

Matthew Wolfcale, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

Wolfcale is being held in the Bradley County Jail. 

Stay with Channel 3 for the latest on this developing story. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating its first shooting death of the year.

It happened around 4:00 am Sunday off of Bates Pike SE.  

A man was found shot to death inside a home in the area.

"I'll have to put everything together as we go to see exactly what happened when patrol first arrived, how they identified a person of interest, how they identified the witnesses, and we will go from there,” Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson said.

Witnesses are being interviewed by investigators.

Channel 3 spoke to several neighbors, who declined to do an interview on camera, who saw police respond to the scene. 

They said this is out of the ordinary in their neighborhood.

Officers closed down Bates Pike SE for several hours as investigators went in and out of the home.

A search warrant has been issued and investigators continue to search.

Sheriff Lawson believes more evidence could be found inside the home.

"There is two ways to go. We either consent or search warrant. In some instances, we work with the DA's office, and we felt it was best to get a search warrant in this case,” Lawson said.

And if anyone has additional information about the shooting, Lawson urges them to reach out to help end the ongoing investigation.

Bates Pike SE has reopened.


PREVIOUS STORY: A man is dead after a shooting in Bradley County.

Deputies responded to reports of a gunshot on Bates Pike SE around 4:00 Sunday morning.

When deputies got there, they found a man dead.

The Bradley County Sheriff's office said a search warrant was obtained and investigators are currently inside the home "processing the scene."

Investigators are interviewing a person of interest as well as several witnesses. 

The BCSO said charges may be pending. 

The road was closed for several hours, but it has since reopened.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story.