MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis firefighter on the run after police said he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend at an East Memphis Target.
Torhonda Cathey's father said she filed a restraining order and multiple police reports, but Ronald Ellis kept coming back.
According to his personnel file, Ellis harassed and even attacked three ex-girlfriends and a female co-worker.
"I miss her. I miss her you know," said Gurnett Cathey, Torhonda's father.
Gurnett said goodbye to his only daughter at the hospital today. She was just 33 years old, and killed days before her son's ninth birthday.
"I remember that day she was born. Now I got to see this," said Gurnett.
Torhonda was shot twice in a Target parking lot on Colonial Monday during her lunch break. Police said she was trying to run away from Ellis.
"He just came around stalking her. He refused to go on with his life," said Gurnett.
Ellis has been a Memphis firefighter since 2003.
In his personnel file, WREG uncovered he was arrested for a number of charges including domestic violence last October after he ignored Torhonda's restraining order and "kicked the back passenger door of her car leaving a huge dent and imprint of his shoe while her 8-year-old was in the back seat."
"When he first got that first charge, something should have been done about that. You shouldn't give a person three or four times," said Gurnett.
From 2003 to 2007, even more police reports were filed against Ellis for domestic violence. He was charged with assaulting another girlfriend in 2004, and again in 2007 for shoving a female paramedic at work.
Fire Director Alvin Benson said he knew about the lengthy rap sheet, but only suspended him without pay.
"Had there been another incident after this, he would've been facing termination," said Benson.
Gurnett wants to know why Ellis was given so many chances. His daughter felt defenseless and scared for her life.
"I knew he wasn't a ball to be played with," he said. "It's a terrifying thing to happen."
Monday night, police barricaded Ellis' Southeast Memphis home for five hours, but he wasn't in there.
The family is begging for help finding Ellis. Police said he took off in a white Ford Focus with Louisiana tags.