Update: Deceased in Gardnerville Ranchos shooting had previous arrests for aggressive behavior
A 36-year-old man shot dead during what authorities are describing as a drunken home invasion had two previous arrests for aggressive behavior over the past two years.
Joshua Ian McCarthy was killed while trying to enter a Gardnerville Ranchos home 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses said he’d been drinking heavily and had gotten into a previous altercation at another address.
McCarthy was found dead of multiple gunshots after deputies responded to an address in the 1400 block of Bumblebee Drive.
According to witnesses, McCarthy was involved in a fight with the resident while trying to break into the home, during which the resident shot him. The homeowner told investigators he didn’t know who McCarthy was.
Witnesses said that it was the second confrontation McCarthy had been involved in that night. They told investigators McCarthy had been drinking large amounts of alcohol before the incident.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officials say the incident was an isolated one and that there was no additional threat to the community.
Anyone with more information related to the shooting is asked to contact investigator Scott Battcher at 782-9905.
McCarthy was arrested Nov. 9, 2019, walking barefoot through Indian Hills with a .256 preliminary breath test after authorities were told he’d taken a woman’s cell phone and punched her when she tried to get it back.
He was also arrested after he allegedly tried to ram another vehicle in August 2018 during a road rage incident. He was allegedly drunk then, too.