Officer Shooting Leaves Sex Assault Suspect Hospitalized (Updated)

A Sparks Police Detective shot a sexual assault suspect east of Wells Ave. The investigation is ongoing. Image: Bob Conrad.
A Sparks Police Detective shot a sexual assault suspect east of Wells Ave. The investigation is ongoing. Image: Bob Conrad.

UPDATE 8/10/2018: The suspect has been released from the hospital and has been charged with sexual assault of a minor under 14, lewdness, and assault with a deadly weapon a peace officer. He is identified as Joseph Richards.

Joseph Richards was arrested for assault on a police officer and sexual assault and lewdness of a minor.
Joseph Richards was arrested for assault on a police officer and sexual assault and lewdness of a minor.

An officer-involved shooting yesterday has a sexual assault suspect in a hospital today with non-life-threatening injuries after allegedly attempting to attack Sparks Police detectives with a knife.

That’s the official word today from the Reno Police Department, which is now the lead agency in the incident.

The shooting shut down streets for hours yesterday after about 6 p.m. at the east of Wells Avenue intersection of Lester Avenue and Roberts Street as police milled about the scene.

“(Sparks Police) responded to this address to arrest a suspect for sexual assault of a minor related to an … investigation,” said RPD’s Travis Warren. “While on scene, detectives made contact with the male suspect they were looking for.

“The suspect armed himself with a large knife and advanced on the detectives, resulting in the detective discharging his firearm, striking the suspect.”

The suspect is expected to survive, and the investigation is ongoing.

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