Out on bond; man shoots wife, commits suicide

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By Alice Du Pont

Sheriff Morris Young said that Kelvin Paden, subject of a two-hour early morning standoff June 28 in downtown Quincy is the same man who shot his wife four times before fatally shooting himself in Leon County on Sunday, July 15.
Tasheka Paden was in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Monday following surgery for her injuries Sunday evening. A hearing had been scheduled for July 17 on a domestic violence injunction that Paden had filed against her husband.
Both of the Padens are from Gadsden County and lived in Tallahassee. The couple married in 2006 and has two children.
“She was very afraid of him. The day he was arrested in Gadsden County, she told me that if he was released he would kill her,” Young said. “He was in the county jail on ‘no bond’ but when he went back to Leon County he was released on a $35,000 bond.”
He said Paden had a violent past but the judge who set his bond may not have had that information at the time that bond was set.
Paden, 30, went to a Microtel in Tallahassee in the early morning hours of June 28 and was involved in a disturbance there, which involved a firearm. To escape his wrath Mrs. Paden jumped out of a second story window.
He led officers from five jurisdictions on a slow speed chase to Gadsden County before officers from the Quincy Police Department deployed stop sticks that deflated his tires. He was eventually stopped in front of the Gadsden County Courthouse where he held a revolver to his temple for two hours threatening to kill himself.
“The day he was arrested, I got no less that 50 telephone calls from family members and friends who wanted him out. They promised he was not a threat and that they would be responsible for him. I refused to release him,” Young said.
He said Capt. Robert Barkley and Deputy Bob Wilder have gone over that part of the case that involved Gadsden County thoroughly and that GCSO did everything properly.
According to the Tallahassee Police department new release, On Sunday, July 15, at 6:30 a.m. TPD responded to the area of 3705 Woodville Highway in reference to a kidnapping. Several minutes later, responding officers located the victim with several gunshot wounds in a vehicle on Westway Road. She was transported to a local hospital and is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries.
The suspect, later identified as Kelvin Paden, fled from the city limits into the county near Springhill Road and Capital Circle Southwest. Members from the Florida Highway Patrol, Leon County Sheriff's Office and Wakulla County Sheriff's office responded to the area and began to assist with the investigation. A LCSO K-9 unit began to search the wood line and heard a single gunshot. Subsequently, LCSO's SWAT team responded to assist with locating the subject and during the search, they located the suspect in the woods, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.