rudenko

Former Checkers player Bogdan Rudenko faces murder charges in Union County, North Carolina.

According to the Charlotte Observer story, a former Charlotte Checkers hockey player was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of a man whose body was found last Sunday behind an automotive collision shop in Stallings in western Union County.

Bogdan Rudenko, 32, of south Charlotte was arrested after a four-hour standoff with police early Friday at a Howard Johnson hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to a Colorado Springs police spokesman. Rudenko surrendered about 5:30 a.m. and was held without bond.

Stallings police don't have a motive in the death and aren't completely sure of the victim's identity, Police Chief Larke Plyler said. They believe he's Russian-born, in his early 30s, with no family in the U.S. Rudenko was born in Kazakhstan.

Stallings police found the dead man when they responded to a break-in call at the body shop in the 13600 block of East Independence Boulevard early Sunday morning. An autopsy shows he died from a single shot, believed from a handgun, Plyler said. He wouldn't release other details.

Working with the SBI and police in Colorado Springs, Stallings police gathered enough evidence by Thursday to get a murder warrant, locate Rudenko and have him arrested. Colorado Springs police surrounded his hotel room in the early morning standoff.

Rudenko played for minor league hockey teams between 1997 and last season, according to the Hockey Database ( hockeydb.com). He was with the Charlotte Checkers for the 2004-2005 season, and last season, the Twin City Cyclones of Winston-Salem.

He has a court date Monday in Colorado Springs to consider extradition to North Carolina.

All news about Rudenko.