- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A domestic-violence suspect with a criminal history drove his pickup truck at a Washoe County sheriff’s deputy in Sun Valley early Wednesday before the deputy shot him in the chest, a Sparks detective said.

Gregory Stewart Kachman, 30, of Sun Valley underwent surgery for a gunshot wound Wednesday at a Reno hospital where he was reported in critical but stable condition, police Sgt. Charles Alt said. He said the bullet may have nicked Kachman’s spinal cord.

The deputy, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was treated for a possible minor knee injury and released from a Reno hospital. He has been placed on routine, paid administrative leave while Sparks police lead an investigation into the shooting, Alt said.

Kachman is expected to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon - the weapon being the vehicle - among other things, he said.

Kachman lived at the Sun Valley home north of Sparks with his girlfriend, who called 911 to report a domestic disturbance shortly after midnight. He wasn’t armed at the time but was known in the past to have guns, and he has an extensive criminal record, Alt said.

Washoe County District Court records show a woman obtained a protective order against Kachman in January, but Alt said he didn’t know if it involved the same woman or whether it was still in effect. He said he couldn’t disclose past crimes Kachman had committed.

Two deputies responded to the call that the woman placed after Kachman left their home in the truck. They learned it was a “violent domestic situation” so one stayed with the victim and the other searched the area for the suspect, Alt told reporters Wednesday during a news conference outside police headquarters.

A deputy confronted Kachman inside the truck when he returned to the area a short time later but couldn’t see inside because of the truck’s severely tinted windows, Alt said.

The deputy “drew his gun, ordered him out and to put his hands up. He did not do that,” he said. He said Kachman put the truck in park at one point, rolled down a window, put his hands out of the truck and said something that the deputy couldn’t hear.

“He drove at the deputy and the deputy fired,” Alt said. “He was coming right at him.”

After Kachman was shot, the truck coasted down an incline in the street at a slow speed, hit a retaining wall and flipped over on its side.

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