Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Aug 28, 2021 - 10:31AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9, Patrol deputies arrest person of interest sought in Cold Springs shooting, attempted catalytic converter theft

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

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies and members of the K9 Unit arrested Dustin Dewey shortly before 8:30 a.m. on August 28, 2021, thanks to alert residents in the Red Rock area.

Multiple community members called Washoe County dispatch at 7:00 a.m. to report a suspicious person fitting Dewey’s description in the area.

Nearly a dozen Washoe County Sheriff’s Office personnel were sent to the neighborhood.

Dustin Dewey was located utilizing a drone assigned to the K9 Unit and donated by Washoe County K9 Partners. The Sheriff’s Office employs state of the art technology whenever possible to ensure the safety of law enforcement personnel and members of our community. The drone located Dewey in the open space between Red Rock Road and the Red Rock Pits, about 100 yards away from residences on Pathfinder Drive.

Dewey was in possession of a gun. He was taken into custody without incident.

At this time Dewey is charged with one felony count of eluding; one felony count of attempted vehicle burglary; one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit; and one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. This is an active investigation, and more charges are pending.

Photo 1: Image taken with Washoe County Sheriff’s Office drone donated by K9 Partners
Photo 2: Image of deputies locating and arresting Dustin Dewey on August 28, 2021
Photo 3: Dustin Dewey's booking photo from August 28, 2021



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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