Ex-wife of man involved in bizarre standoff speaks out
Action News has received new information on the man shot by police after he was found in a stranger's home, wearing only his underwear.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Action News has received new information on the man shot by police after he was found in a stranger's home, wearing only his underwear.
Now, family members believe the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department pulled the trigger too soon.
The man's ex-wife said Southaly Ketmany came out to Las Vegas from Sacramento, California, with his friends and brother, and then wound up dead about a week later.
Metro said he tried to attack officers, but his family believes he was drugged at a hotel bar.
The resident of the home near Pebble and Las Vegas Boulevard said he called police after he came home to find 35-year-old Ketmany, a complete stranger, watching TV in nothing but his underwear and armed with a knife.
Officers said they tried stopping him with rubber bullets, a dog and a taser, but nothing worked. They said Ketmany then charged at officers before he was shot several times.
His ex-wife, Kim Reroma, flew to Las Vegas after Ketmany went missing for a couple days. Based on stories she heard, she believes Ketmany's drink was tampered with.
"Either his drink was laced or he took something willingly, we don't know, but what we do know is he fell to the ground saying that people were hurting him. People were stabbing him, but no one was around, so they knew something was wrong," said Reroma.
She claims police arrested Ketmany later that night, days before he was shot, but the department would only confirm they responded to a fight in which Ketmany was involved.
"My initial briefing is that he was involved in some sort of altercation at one of the local hotels, possibly the day before. I don't want to speculate on which one and what the outcome was of that, but that is what we understand," said Undersheriff Jim Dixon, Metro.
But police aren't ruling out the possibility Ketmany was indeed drugged.
"That's why we're doing the toxicology. I do not know what the drugs were and I don't want to speculate on one of his friends making a statement, or his wife, until we know the facts," said Dixon.
Metro said Ketmany initially survived the shooting, but died during or shortly after surgery.
The two officers who fired their guns are currently on paid leave.
The department expects to complete their investigation within a month.