Man Charged with Murder in Borger Shooting


On Friday March 3rd at approximately 11 p.m. officers responded to an apartment in the 100 block of Briarwood on a shooting.

Officers arrived and learned that a male suspect had entered the apartment of another male and shot him.

The suspect then fled from the apartment.

The victim, Blake Thorvalsden, was pronounced dead on scene.

While officers were investigating, the suspect arrived at Golden Plains Community Hospital with a gunshot wound of his own.

The suspect, identified as 34 year old Mathew James Baker, was arrested after being treated.

Detectives obtained a warrant charging Baker with Murder, a first-degree felony.

The complaint charging Baker alleges that Baker went to Thorvalsden's apartment, barged in and began shooting at Thorvalsden in front of a witness.

Based on the gunshot wound Baker received, it is believed that Thorvalsden returned fire, striking Baker.

The investigation is ongoing and Baker remains in Hutchinson County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.


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