Ex-wife of pantless intruder questions why police used lethal force
Southaly Ketmany was shot by police after breaking into a home and causing a standoff Tuesday. (Kim Reroma)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Kim Reroma is still searching for answers as to why police killed her ex-husband Southaly Ketmany.
"I just think that they rushed everything," Reroma told FOX5.
While the Clark County Coroner's office has not released the identity of the intruder who was found in a home near Pebble and Gillespie Tuesday night, Reroma and other family members tell FOX5 it was Ketmany.
Reroma said she's not sure why he was acting so strange the night he was killed.
"He's never had a drug history, he doesn't have a drinking history. So how that came about, I don't know," Reroma said.
Reroma said Ketmany was visiting Las Vegas from Sacramento on a guys' weekend.
Ketmany reportedly started acting strange while drinking at a night club on Saturday, where he and several friends were.
"Either he took something willingly or his drink was laced. From what I heard, he dropped to the floor [and] was hallucinating," Reroma said.
After that, Reroma said Ketmany was picked up by police and taken to a drunk tank, but was later released back to the streets.
He then went missing for more than a day, and didn't answer his cell phone. That's when his family came to Las Vegas from Sacramento to search for him.
"I called missing persons, " Reroma told FOX5.
Ketmany was later discovered stripped down to his underwear in the living room of a house off Pebble Canyon Drive by a homeowner.
Reroma later spoke with the homeowner.
"All my ex-husband, I guess, said to him was, ‘Just kill me.' He said that he just had a lost look on his face, like he didn't feel threatened," Reroma told FOX5.
Ketmany refused to come out of the house. SWAT officers eventually moved in, shooting him when he failed to drop a knife and hammer while walking toward them.
Reroma doesn't understand why the officers had to kill him.
"If there's a way to get somebody out of a situation without having to harm them to that extent, why not go for it?" Reroma asked.
Reroma said SWAT planned to use a taser and bean bag guns on Ketmany, but she doesn't believe the officers ever attempted to used them.
Police told FOX5 they had used tasers and a bean bag gun, but neither worked.
Reroma also believe SWAT tricked Ketmany out of hiding using a voice box recording of her voice she helped them make, thinking it would be used to pass along a message.
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