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Police seize items in fatal Cameron Village shooting

Posted September 14, 2012

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— Police pulled a bullet from the wall inside a Cameron Village store following the Monday shooting death of a woman at the Raleigh shopping center, according to search warrants released Friday.

Kathleen Ann Bertrand was shot several times as she reported to work at Pier 1 Imports. Investigators say that her ex-husband, Christopher Bertrand, was responsible for the crime. He committed suicide hours later.

In addition to the bullet recovered inside Handpicked, a Cameron Village gift shop, search warrants show that investigators found a gun holster, a .40-caliber bullet, a utility knife and miscellaneous papers inside Christopher Bertrand's 1997 Toyota Tercel parked outside the store.

Police seized four journals from Kathleen Bertrand's 2007 Nissan Versa and two laptop computers, various documents and a spiral notebook from her Cary apartment, according to search warrants.

Court documents indicate that Kathleen Bertrand had sought out a domestic violence protective order in the past because her husband harassed her to the point that she and her three children went into hiding.

Stephanie Francis, a social worker with Interact of Wake County, a nonprofit that assists victims of domestic violence, says protective orders are an important step of a greater safety plan that someone needs when trying to escape an abusive relationship.

"Protective orders are very important, and they are very helpful – and for many people, getting a protective order in place will help keep them safe," she said. "It is important to understand that, if a person is determined to harm another person, they're going to find ways to do that."

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  • piene2 Sep 17, 2012

    "The point is, if available a gun is always the first club out of the bag. piene2

    Now THAT is a silly point!

    First, it's not true...
    junkmail"

    Oh, do you read the papers? Do you watch news on television? Are you here in the United States? If so try this simple exercise. Take up pen and paper. On the paper make two columns. Label one column, "Firearm homicides." Label the second column, "All Other Homicides." Each time you read or hear a story about a homicide, mark it in the appropriate column. Do this for a few weeks and than post your findings here.

  • junkmail5 Sep 17, 2012

    The point is, if available a gun is always the first club out of the bag.
    piene2

    Now THAT is a silly point!

    First, it's not true... because many killing are done with other weapons despite a gun being available for any number of reasons (wanting quiet, wanting to kill in a specific way, wanting something that doesn't provide the sort of physical evidence a gun does, or a myriad of other possible reasons).

    I mean, everyone goes on about how "easy" it is to get a gun in the US for example, and yet thousands of murders happen without guns.

    Further, guns aren't even the majority of murders in many other nations with very high gun ownership rates (switzerland, Canada, and others for example).

  • piene2 Sep 17, 2012

    "Silly statement, if he had a gun he would have used it. piene2

    And since he didn't, he just used something else.

    Which was the point you apparently missed.
    junkmail5"

    The point is, if available a gun is always the first club out of the bag.

  • junkmail5 Sep 17, 2012

    Silly statement, if he had a gun he would have used it.
    piene2

    And since he didn't, he just used something else.

    Which was the point you apparently missed.

  • piene2 Sep 17, 2012

    "Remember the first Assault Weapon was a "ROCK" (Cain and Able)
    MadMaxx"

    Silly statement, if he had a gun he would have used it.

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Sep 14, 2012

    Take them out before they take you out. $10,000 for 3 children; the bus driver in NY that was verbally abused received a check for $700,000 there are plenty of wealthy people that shop at Cameron Village - really sure more than that can be raised (just saying).

  • thing1thing2 Sep 14, 2012

    I have tried to report my abuser and got nowhere. @mike H me personally have been seriously thinking about getting my permit and concealed carry. To live in fear every day is not a life. What is holding me back from getting a gun is for me, I don't think that is the whole answer. The system is broken. Family Courts are broken. Other than a piece of paper there needs to be more for protection when you take a DVPO out or a R/O out one someone. Monitoring solutions like ankle bracelets(which someone mentioned) is a great idea. A matter of communities coming together and getting the point across is what is needed. And no it's not over. There are so many people who live in fear every day, like I do. It is not over until something changes. How about if you take a DVPO out on someone it is mandatory they go for a mental health exam as well? Changes need to be made in the system to prevent such senseless acts. It is not over so many people live in fear as do I.

  • MadMaxx Sep 14, 2012

    Remember the first Assault Weapon was a "ROCK" (Cain and Able)

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 14, 2012

    Hitting is not love. I wish many could see that and know that true fact.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 14, 2012

    I hope we see a surge in women taking self-defense classes.

    That is not going to happen. Women and men should be extremely wise in who they choose to have a relationship with. Don't move in with them until you really know them. Watch for the flags, and at the first sign, you should leave the relationship and get help doing it if needed.

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