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Sheriff’s Office Detectives ask public for assistance in locating witness of pursuit that preceded officer-involved shooting


Washoe County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for public assistance with identifying a witness to events that preceded the August 31 officer involved shooting on Virginia Street.

While Reno Police Officers were searching for the suspect vehicle following the initial report of an armed robbery and shooting at the CVS pharmacy on Plumb Lane, a witness flagged down officers in the area of Mt. Rose and Virginia Streets and identified the suspect’s truck. Based on the witness’s information, officers located the truck driving northbound on South Virginia near Mt. Rose Street.

The pursuit ultimately ended in the area of Hubbard Way and South Virginia Street where the suspect slowed and exited the still-moving vehicle on the passenger side. Officers saw the suspect heading for the doors of the Peppermill Casino. Officers attempted to subdue the suspect, however the suspect continued towards the casino door. At this time, officers saw that the suspect was holding a handgun and fired on the suspect believing him to be an imminent threat to public safety.

Detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, who are conducting the investigation on behalf of the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Team, are now attempting to locate the witness who flagged down officers near Mt. Rose Street and South Virginia in order to obtain additional information.

The witness is described as a black male adult driving a gold-colored sedan. Anyone with information about the witness, or this incident, is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.


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