UPDATE: The Reno Police Department today released an edited video of what they said is Isaiah Herndon pointing a gun at officers before they shot him multiple times. The video, below, shows a handgun being pointed from within an apartment outside the apartment.
The video is edited, but police said Herndon shot first. District Attorney Chris Hicks will make a final determination on the case. He will likely determine the shooting is justified.
Deputy Chief Oliver Miller said police responded to a domestic disturbance with possible shots fired before police arrived.
“After officers knocked on the door, the suspect, Isaiah Herndon, emerged from the apartment and immediately pointed and fired a handgun at one of the officers,” he said. “Both officers responded by returning fire with their service weapons at Herndon causing him to retreat back into the apartment.”
Nobody except Herndon was injured. Herndon was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a charge of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, Miller added.
Herndon remains hospitalized. His family, see the original story below, has been demanding answers.
Note: the video contains graphic violence and adult language language.
Original story from Nov. 17:
The family of Isaiah Herndon is demanding answers.
“I wasn’t going to say anything but my baby brother deserves justice,” Nicole Singleton wrote on Facebook. “11 days ago Reno Police Department shot my brother. They literally blew a hole through his liver the size of a fist. He had to have part … of his intestines, colon and stomach removed. He has undergone 6 surgeries with more to go, and is in renal failure. And today, we now deal with sepsis.”
The Reno Police Department issued a press release Nov. 5 about the shooting but provided few details. Today, City Manager Doug Thornley said answers, information and officer body-cam footage will be made available by Friday.
Lieutenant Anthony Elges with RPD said officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance with shots fired on East Grove Street.
“Officers made contact with a male subject in the residence and shots were fired,” English wrote in a press release. “The male subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment and there were no other parties involved.”
Sparks Police Department is investigating the shooting. The ACLU of Nevada has reached out to Herdon’s family to offer support.
“Our family wants answers,” Singleton posted. “My brother deserves justice.”
Robert Hansen, writing on Newsbreak, reported that Herndon has not been charged with anything.
“Singleton said while she was visiting her brother, he wrote one thing on the whiteboard.
“They tried to kill me,’ Herndon wrote.
“A source close to the family who talked to the sergeant told Singleton that her brother is not being charged with any crime but charges are being discussed with the local district attorney.”
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.