Agent Jim Matkin was killed in an automobile accident while on-duty.
Agent Matkin was patrolling Highway 565 near Wildsville when his vehicle went out of control sometime between 0400 and 0445 hours. Agent Matkin was killed instantly when he struck a tree. A passerby discovered the accident shortly before 0500 hours and reported it to the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Agent Matkin had served with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for six years, and was assigned to the Enforcement Division Statewide Strike Force. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, and a step-son.