Mother, neighbors react as police continue search for suspect in SWAT situation


by WHAS11

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 28 at 7:34 AM

(WHAS11) -- The suspect who caused a SWAT situation in the Beechmont neighborhood is still on the run.  Police say he threatened his neighbors with a gun, but on Saturday WHAS11's Johnny Archer talked to the suspects mother, who says her son didn't do anything wrong.

Louisville police are looking for 20-year-old Matthew Johnson following a SWAT situation that took place on Friday in the Beechmont neighborhood. 

A SWAT situation Friday lasted for four hours at his home. Police believe Johnson was in the house at one point, but somehow escaped without them knowing.

Police questioned Johnson's mom after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

"My house is totally tore up," said Johnson's mom.  "Broken windows, my curtains tore down, my furniture was upside down. They told me they were looking for Matt."

Neighbors say Johnson threatened them with a gun and now he is facing charges for wanton endangerment.

"We went downtown and took out a warrant previously for threatening us with a gun telling us he was going to kill us," said neighbor Andrea Gilhaus.

But Johnson's mom says that can't be true.

"You can look through my house, there are no guns in here," said Johnson's mom. "Nobody owns a gun."

Police say they considered the situation a high risk warrant and believed that Johnson was dangerous.  But neighbors who know him say otherwise.

"He plays basketball in my back yard all the time," said neighbor Jo Campbell.  "Nice kid. Always polite to me. I've never had a problem with him."

His mom says there has been an on-going feud with their neighbors.  She never realized it would get to the point where her son would become a suspect on the run from police.

"Why would  your son want to run from police? He's scared," said Johnson's mom.  "This is an everyday thing."