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February 7, 2020 at 3:02 am

Officer Involved Shooting

On February 5, 2020 at approximately 8:00pm, Reno Police Department Dispatch received 911 calls, advising a white male was threatening citizens with a knife in the area of Centennial Way and Wedekind Road in Reno. Reno Police Department officers were in the immediate area and met with one of the 911 callers, who provided a description and the last known direction of the male with the knife. Officers located a male matching the description given by the callers in the direction where the caller had last seen him. The male was uncooperative, refused to comply with officer’s commands, and moved aggressively towards the officers with a weapon in hand. One officer discharged his handgun, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Renown Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. No officers or citizens were injured.




The Washoe County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol was enacted. Detectives with the Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office are handling the ongoing investigation and the Sparks Police Department is the lead investigating agency.  Please direct all media enquiries to the Sparks Police Department.


The involved officers are on paid administrative leave, pending completion of the investigation.   



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