Edgewood Woman Killed During Scuffle Over Shotgun

October 28, 1990|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

The county State's Attorney's office is continuing a review of a shooting incident last Sunday in which an Edgewood woman was killed when a shotgun was fired while two men struggled over it.

No charges in the shooting have been filed.

Kimberly D. Nichols, 21, was shot once in the chest at her apartment at Martin Manor Apartments on Carroll Avenue shortly after 9 p.m., said state police Sgt. B.J. Caudill.

Nichols was taken to Fallston General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, Caudill said.

She was shot while her 22-year-old boyfriend, Stephen M. Tresnak, and Jason Maltese, 26, of Baltimore City, were struggling over a shotgun, Caudill said.

Police gave the following account of the shooting:

Nichols and Kathleen Maltese were out for the evening, and Tresnak and Jason Maltese were waiting at Tresnak's apartment for them to return, Caudill said. While the men were waiting, they were drinking beer, police said.

When the women returned, Maltese asked his wife, Kathleen, to give him his car keys, Caudill said.

She refused, saying he was too drunk to drive, police said. Maltese and his wife then began to fight, Caudill said.

Tresnak got his shotgun, which he had used at a turkey shoot earlier that day, and pointed it at Maltese, Caudill said. The struggle over the shotgun started when Maltese grabbed the barrel of the gun.

During the struggle, the shotgun fired and a bullet struck Nichols in the chest, Caudill said.

Tresnak, trained in advanced first aid, tried to help Nichols, Caudill said.

Maltese and his wife went to a nearby convenience store, where they found a state police trooper, Caudill said. They reported the shooting and led the trooper back to the apartment.

Nichols, a Baltimore County native, had been living with Tresnak at the apartment for about a year, Caudill said.

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