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Matthew B. Brown
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Director of the Office of Communications and Community Engagement
Reno Police investigating Officer Involved Shooting of homicide suspect
Earlier in the evening of 13 June 2014, an attempt to locate was broadcast to surrounding northern Nevada Law Enforcement agencies of a possible homicide suspect who was driving a white Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was seen fleeing the scene of a homicide that had occurred in Washoe Valley and that case is currently being investigated by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol located the vehicle in the Carson City area, and a vehicle pursuit ensued when the suspect vehicle failed to yield for the Officers. The pursuit continued east of Carson City on Highway 50 which went through several other law enforcement jurisdictions to include Lyon County, Fallon Police and Churchill County. Deputies from those agencies also joined in the pursuit. The suspect entered the Sand Mountain Recreational Area, and fired several shots at Officers who then returned fire at the suspect.
The suspect suffered several gunshot injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were no injuries to any of the Officers involved.
Four Deputies from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and three Troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol were involved in the shooting and have been placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation. This is a routine and normal occurrence in any case where an Officer/Deputy has discharged a firearm and one or more bullets strike a human being. The same practice is followed in virtually every jurisdiction in the United States.
Pursuant to the Washoe County OIS Protocol, the OIS investigation is being conducted by multiple local law enforcement agencies, with detectives from the Reno Police Department in the lead.
When the preliminary investigation is complete it will be submitted to the Churchill County District Attorney’s Office for an initial determination as to whether the shooting was justified under Nevada Law.
In order to ensure the fairness and integrity of the investigation no further media comment will be made by police personnel. Upon completion of the preliminary review further information will be released, as well as a final report, after the investigation and final review are complete.
The Reno Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating any witnesses to the pursuit who may have been driving on Highway 50 at the time of the pursuit, and who may have observed the suspects driving behavior. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2175 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.