A Gallatin man has been charged with first-degree murder after police say he fatally stabbed his roommate with a kitchen knife on Halloween.

The stabbing occurred during an altercation at a residence in the 1100-block of Peninsula Drive near Lock 4 Road on the morning of Oct. 31, according to Gallatin police.

When officers arrived, they found the victim Ian Berte “unconscious and significantly bleeding from two puncture wounds from a knife,” Investigator Katie Hope wrote in a sworn court affidavit.

The suspect, identified as Cody W. Boettcher, 28, had already fled the scene and could not be located.

“(A roommate) informed officers that Boettcher acted strange and reserved that morning; however, there had never been any type of altercation between the three roommates,” Hope wrote in the affidavit. “The victim was about to go to work and the witness believed the attack was unprovoked.”

According to police, the roommate said he found blood downstairs after hearing someone run up to the stairs to the second floor of the residence that morning. When he went to investigate, the roommate found Berte backed up against a wall while Boettcher was yelling, “Quit playing games with me.”

After noticing that Berte had been stabbed, the roommate removed the knife from the room and went downstairs to call 911, according to the affidavit.

“(The roommate) attempted to control Berte’s bleeding while an ambulance was in route and said he was unsure where Boettcher went, but saw him grabbing some of his belongings,” Hope wrote. “Officers unsuccessfully attempted CPR and Berte was pronounced deceased on scene.”

Gallatin police asked for the public’s help Thursday locating Boettcher, who was believed to traveling north towards Medina, Ohio where he is originally from. He was eventually located by law enforcement in Indiana later that evening and taken into custody.

No additional details about the case have been released.

The fatal stabbing came as a shock last week to residents of the otherwise quiet neighborhood.

“We don’t have any trouble here,” Belvedere Drive resident Bill Wooten said while standing on his front porch looking at the police car blocking the street in front of his house Thursday. “I’ve never even heard any loud noise from that area. They just never talked to us or anything.

“As far as problems? None ever.”

As of Monday, Boettcher was still being held in the Sumner County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Dec. 4.

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