Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Aug 27, 2021 - 1:30PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives searching for person of interest in shooting

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

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are currently searching for a person of interest after a shooting in Cold Springs.

Patrol deputies were called out to the corner of Diamond Peak Drive and Lake Hills Court shortly before 2:30 a.m. on August 27, 2021, for reports of a shooting.

Upon further investigation, deputies and detectives determined the shooting is tied to an attempted catalytic converter theft in the 3900 block of Snow Valley Drive.

The victim in that crime tells detectives he confronted a man in the process of stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in his driveway. The man fled the scene. The victim, and others, set out to locate the attempted burglar and found him at the intersection of Diamond Peak Drive and Lake Hills Court. A verbal and physical altercation took place at the corner, and moments later the shooting occurred. One person was struck in the leg and multiple homes were hit with errant bullets. The man then fled in a vehicle that was later located by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team members.

The person of interest is identified as Dustin Dewey, 27, of Reno. Dewey may have access to more weapons.

Anyone with information on Dewey’s whereabouts are asked to not confront him. Please call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at (775) 785-WCSO.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of community members. As always, if you are witness to a crime in progress, please reach out to law enforcement for immediate response by calling 911.


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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