RENO, Nev. — A Nevada sheriff’s deputy has been cleared in a 2015 shooting that paralyzed a domestic violence suspect who is now in prison for assault with a weapon and stalking convictions, a Reno prosecutor said Thursday.
Washoe County sheriff’s Deputy Chad Ross was legally justified when he shot Gregory Stuart Kachman as he drove a pickup truck toward Ross outside a Sun Valley home, county District Attorney Christopher Hicks said.
“The facts show that the deputy faced imminent danger of death or substantial bodily harm from a non-compliant and impaired suspect who, without warning, admittedly attempted to drive over the deputy with a full-sized truck,” Hicks said.
Kachman, now 32, had served previous prison sentences for burglary and stalking convictions. He is serving three-to-10 years after undergoing surgery for chest and spinal cord injuries.
Ross had 13 years of police experience at the time of the shooting. He has returned to his job, sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon said.
Kachman lived at the home north of Sparks with his ex-girlfriend but wasn’t there when Ross and another deputy arrived following the woman’s late-night 911 domestic violence call.
She said Kachman had dragged her, rifled through her purse and cut electrical power to the home. The deputies reported the woman had injuries consistent with an attack, Hicks said.
While the other deputy searched the area, Ross confronted Kachman at gunpoint when Kachman returned in the truck.
Kachman failed to comply with commands to show his hands and accelerated toward Ross, who jumped out of the way and fired three shots, Hicks said.
Kachman was wounded in the chest and spine, and truck coasted down the street, hit a retaining wall and rolled on its side. His injuries resulted in paralysis.
Kachman, who had methamphetamine in his system and in the truck, pleaded guilty in January to assault on an officer with use of a deadly weapon and aggravated stalking.