Ryan Waller was a young American man from Knoxville, Tennessee who gained national interest in the late 1990s after it was discovered that the police had interrogated him for a murder he did not commit even though he had a gunshot wound in his head.
Waller was enjoying a quiet evening with his girlfriend in their apartment in Arizona when gunmen attacked the apartment and shot him in the head before killing his girlfriend. The police arrived days later to find Waller miraculously alive but did not believe him when he told them what actually happened. The cops opted to not take him to the hospital until hours later after they had questioned him. Waller would later succumb to his injuries, causing an uproar.
Summary of Ryan Waller’s Bio
- Full name: Ryan Waller
- Gender: Male
- Year of Death: 2007
- Age at Death: In his twenties
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: America
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Ryan Waller’s Girlfriend: Heather Quan
- Famous for: Being accused of the murder of his girlfriend with a gunshot wound to his head
Ryan Waller was From Knoxville, Tennessee
While Ryan Waller gained attention for an incident that happened in the U.S. state of Arizona, he is not originally from the state. According to reports, the young man is originally from Knoxville, a city in Knox County, Tennessee.
Details about his early life, including his date of birth and the identity and makeup of his family are not known to the public. Just by looking at him, however, it can be deduced that he is of White ethnicity. It can further be said that he was in his twenties when the incident that brought him to the national spotlight in December 2006 happened.
What Exactly Happened to Ryan Waller?
On the 23rd of December 2006, the night before Christmas eve, Ryan Waller and his girlfriend Heather Quan were enjoying a quiet night when suddenly they heard someone knocking on the door. The duo were not expecting any visitors so were surprised to have their evening disturbed by a stranger.
Ryan went off to check who was at the door and as soon as he opened it, he was held at gunpoint by two intruders. He tried to slam the door to their face but was unfortunately not fast enough. This prompted the intruders to shoot him in the head through the eye. Believing that they had killed Ryan, the men entered the apartment and killed his girlfriend Heather.
About three days or so later, Ryan’s father had grown worried that he had not heard from his son in a couple of days. Seeing that it was around Christmas, it was expected that Ryan or Heather should have called or visited to celebrate the Yuletide season. Having not heard from them, his father called the police.
Getting to the apartment, the police found Heather Quan dead but Ryan Waller was miraculously still alive, wandering the apartment despite being shot in the head and having his girlfriend lying in the apartment there lifeless. Waller was said to have been reluctant to talk to the police, saying he doesn’t remember what happened while demanding to be allowed to sleep. His actions complicated the whole situation, prompting the police to detain him and question him for hours over what happened. He was also said to have been hesitant to go to the hospital
The police believed Ryan to be the one who killed his girlfriend and was not buying that he was shot in the head even though there was a visible injury in his left eye. Because they did not believe him, they failed to provide immediate medical attention for Ryan. By the time he would eventually receive medical care, his condition had deteriorated.
Ryan Waller Later Died as a Result of His Injuries
It is not clear if Ryan Waller’s life could have been saved if the police acted fast enough in providing him with medical care. He had spent about three days in the apartment before the authorities made their way to the scene of the crime so no one could say for sure what difference an hour could have done.
Regardless, this did not save the police from criticism as the public sought to know why they could not get help for him before interrogating him for a crime he did not commit.
By the time Ryan got medical help, it was discovered that he had suffered severe brain damage as a result of the shooting. The injuries he suffered from the incident directly led to his death about a month later. The bullet that entered his head was said to have been slowly moving into his brain after penetrating his skull and puncturing the sinus.
Ryan first experienced blindness and had to depend on his parents to survive. He would later begin to suffer seizures which led to his death in January 2007.
Who were the True Perpetrators of the Crime?
After the many rounds of questioning and further investigations were carried out, the police found the true culprits of the crime to be Richie Lee Carver and his father Larry Lloyd Carver. Richie was a former flatmate of Ryan whom he had fallen out with. The pair were said to have had an altercation sometime in the past and the Carvers were returning to the apartment to seek revenge.
After the pair were arrested, investigators found that it was Richie who pulled the trigger to kill Heather. He had also hoped to kill Ryan but he survived the shooting. Believing that both Heather and Ryan had been killed, the father-son duo took a few weapons and a computer from the home to make it appear as a robbery gone wrong.
Richie Carver was eventually charged with felony murder, burglary, aggravated assault, and misconduct involving weapons. He was found guilty in 2008 of the crimes and sentenced to life in prison. His accomplice, however, had his own charges excused but was later found guilty and sentenced in 2011. The pair are said to be remanded behind bars in an Arizona prison.