Man accused in Wal-Mart shooting has history of Domestic Violence

Published: Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM EST
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The Wal-Mart where Hahn was shot.
The Wal-Mart where Hahn was shot.
Charles Fickentsher
Charles Fickentsher

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hard to replace are the words co-workers of Michelle Hahn used to describe her Monday afternoon. Police said the 46-year-old was shot to death in the Hillview Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday afternoon.

Hahn ran the Human Resource Department at WireCrafters in Louisville for five years. "She was a real advocate for people. She did a great job for them and she's going to be missed very much," said company President Steve Diebold.

Diebold said Hahn dealt with everything from hiring to health insurance questions. Monday morning Diebold gathered all his employees together to tell them what happened and offer numbers for grief counselors for anyone who needed to speak with someone.

Louisville Metro Police said Hahn's death was a case of domestic violence. They said Charles Fickentsher, 44, killed Hahn, then drove to the stables at McNeely Lake and killed himself.

WAVE 3 News uncovered court documents that show Fickentsher has a long history of domestic violence issues. Past charges include stalking, menacing and violating Emergency Protective Orders. The charges ranged from 1995 to 2001.

Court documents from 2004 show Fickentsher's ex-girlfriend had to call police when he followed her and a friend around at a Wal-Mart on Outer Loop. That ex-girlfriend already had a domestic violence order against him.

Hahn's husband died two years ago from cancer. The couple had two sons. Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at McFarland, Troutman, Proffitt Funeral home at 111 North Bardstown Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Her funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m.

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