Man killed in Sparks during dispute
December 24, 2004
SPARKS – A man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and threatened her and a friend before he was shot and killed early Friday, Sparks police said.
The name of the deceased was withheld until relatives are notified.
The incident began around 2:40 a.m. when police received a call regarding an unwanted ex-boyfriend at an apartment on Beacon Hill Court, officers said.
When officers arrived they found the ex-boyfriend in an upstairs bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. He died later at Washoe Medical Center, police said.
On Thursday, the woman asked a co-worker to help her get a restraining order against her former boyfriend, police said. A restraining order was issued but investigators don’t think it had been served yet.
The co-worker, Charles Ketcham, fell asleep at the woman’s residence and was there when the ex-boyfriend kicked down the door, police said.
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Ketcham was beaten on the head with a metal lamp, police said. The intruder reportedly then attacked the woman, and Ketcham shot him with a handgun.
Ketcham was treated at the hospital for head wounds. The woman refused medical treatment, police said.
An investigation continued.