Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-108
Date Issued:
Aug 05, 2021 - 1:53PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office updates officer involved shooting investigation

Case Number:
WC21-3740
Contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to lead the regional investigation of a Sparks Police Department officer involved shooting that occurred on Victorian Avenue near the RTC Centennial Plaza late Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

As previously reported, Sparks Police officers initially responded to a report of a man armed with a gun in the 1400 block of Victorian Avenue shortly before 11:00 p.m. The location is near several hotels and due to Hot August Nights, high-traffic tourist attractions.

Upon arrival, officers saw the suspect and began communicating with the armed man. After a series of events where officers were attempting to deescalate the situation, an officer involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has undergone surgery.  No other civilians or officers were injured in this incident.

The Washoe County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol has been activated. The Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency for this investigation, working with investigators from the Reno Police Department, and the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators released the scene and opened Victorian Avenue shortly after 9:30 a.m. Once completed, the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney for his review.

This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information that can assist the investigation is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case number WC21-3740.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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