The attempted robbery that resulted in the murder of Ryan Gatzke in October 2019 has gained attention recently as a filing from April 2021 was released to the public earlier this week. The incident occurred when three members of the gang known as the “Terror Squad” invaded Gatzke’s home and fatally shot him. The gang members were allegedly tipped off by a casino worker that Gatzke had money in his home.
In a recent development, the youngest gang member, who was 17 at the time of the crime, has agreed to be sentenced as an adult. This comes after three other Terror Squad members were apprehended and sentenced for Gatzke’s murder. Charles McLean, the gang’s getaway driver, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison in March 2022. Isaac Melco and Jacob Ballantyne, two other gang members, also pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 12 years and eight years in prison, respectively.
The filing revealed that the gang members were told about Gatzke’s money and drugs by a person who worked at a casino the victim visited earlier on the night of the incident. Prior to attempting to rob the victim, the Terror Squad members received approval from senior members of the gang.
On the night of the incident, Gatzke and his wife had visited a casino in North Battleford and won some money before heading home. Later that night, the three gang members invaded their home wearing face masks and carrying weapons. An altercation ensued, during which Gatzke was shot twice, resulting in a fatal injury when one of the bullets severed his artery.
The release of the case filing has brought renewed attention to the tragic events of October 2019 and the subsequent legal proceedings against the gang members involved in the murder of Ryan Gatzke.