Coroner rules officer-involved shooting death a homicide

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 10/17/2013 11:35 pm
Washoe County, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Washoe County Coroner has ruled the officer-involved shooting death of Kenneth Stafford a homicide.

Kenneth Stafford was shot to death by police in a Reno neighborhood where he was walking around with a gun on July 11, 2013. Three months later, his family received his death certificate. The Washoe County Coroner ruled his death a homicide and noted multiple gun shot wounds.

Kenny's wife Aimee says the homicide ruling brought on mixed emotions, "Awful, but happy at the same time, because they need to held accountable for what they took from my daughters, from myself, from his family. They'll never understand how hard it is to live everyday without him."

While the coroner has made his decision, Officials with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office have yet to close the investigation, leaving Kenny's family to wonder what exactly happened that day.

Aimee Stafford says, "I see all these other stories, where people are just getting wounded and they survive. Why was my husband any different?"

As their questions pile up, Washoe County Officials say they can't comment on the case while the investigation remains open, nor will they say when this case will be closed.

"There needs to be justice. He has kids, he has a wife, he has a big family that's missing him at this point," says Kevin Connelly a close family friend of Kenny. Kevin says he considered Kenny a brother.

Ultimately Aimee wants to fight for more training for police officers when it comes to dealing with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Which is what she says her husband, Kenny suffered from after serving his country in Iraq.

"I want to move forward and get my husband, Kenny, the justice that he deserves, and I will never stop fighting," says Aimee Stafford.

News 4 will continue to follow this story and add updates as more details about the investigation become available.
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sfreeze - 10/23/2013 9:46 AM
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This was my son's friend they served in Iraq together I hope and pray there is justice for him and his family that he left behind because of irresponsible police actions.

cpncopper - 10/18/2013 6:28 PM
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FastD and Old Parnell...good posts. I'll add that I think some of us are tired of the shoot first ask questions later tactic that is allowed by law. All ya' gotta do is say you were scared and all is well. Right? That shouldn't be hidden behind 100% of the time. The government is of the people. That should not be forgotten and we do not live in a police state but I must say that with the way things are going I sometimes wonder. Think NSA but that is a topic for another day. The cop involved in Old Parnell's story should be be hunting. Not a good example of a way to conduct business but that might be expected in an occupation where all that is really needed is 6 months worth of training. Most of us are well in excess of that.

goodgrief - 10/18/2013 4:15 PM
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Of course it was a homicide. That was never in question. In this case it was a "justifiable homicide". Poorly written article.

fastd - 10/18/2013 3:35 PM
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Just a couple things,please,is it possible to link to previous stories on your site so we can get a fuller picture of how these stories develop,to give us a better sense of context.True Blue the days of George Kennedy and the Blue Knight are long behind us.There is so much video evidence that shows the lack of respect the police have for the people they are supposed to protect and serve that your brand of give them a free pass because they do this job is no longer relevant.I know I don't have what it takes to be a cop,but that doesn't mean I don't know right from wrong.The police in this country are becoming more milliterised every day.The police are adopting the polices that they see when they go to Iraq and Afghanistan and applying them here.When you add people with a sense of entitlement to the mix,you get people with power and guns acting in a threatening and unprofessional manner.If I screw up on my job I get fired,but at least no ones life is on the line.If you accept those responsibility's then you need to accept the consequences. Authority with out responsibility is tyranny.

Old Parnell - 10/18/2013 1:47 PM
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Sorry Trueblue, but I gotta say that cops have largely brought this on themselves. I'm a law abiding Mormon (don't drink) minivan-driving CPA who drives like grandma. I was just recently pulled over on Geiger Grade for a missing registration tag (sticker fell off the plate,but registration was valid) and was immediately accused of driving drunk by one of Washoe County's deputies. This young cop treated me worse than I have ever been treated in my life, (and I did my mission in the toughest townships of South Africa!) This deputy was an ass, seriously. I paid the $35.00 fine for the missing sticker, filed a complaint-nothing. If you were or are one of the good officers, please return to pass on how to respect your fellow man, otherwise law abiding citizens like our family get that single impression for life. I appreciate your service-God bless.

True Blue - 10/18/2013 8:50 AM
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To correct myself .. I left out ACCIDENTAL as a cause of death, though it would not apply here, I own up to my error

True Blue - 10/18/2013 8:45 AM
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There are only four ways to rule ANY death - natural causes - suicide- undetermined- and HOMICIDE. Which simply means he did not die of the other three causes. It does NOT mean he was MURDERED. There is a huge difference. This article and the families reaction are uneducated. So sick and tired of the media bias so fast to condemn Law Enforcement simply to stir up misconceived 'controversy'. Wouldn't it be nice to read a news article that simply states facts without spinning it to make LE automatically at fault? Here is a news flash for you ... Police Officers are 'we the people' and therefore afforded the same rights as everyone else ... they are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty ... not the other way around. But for some reason, they are all guilty right from the start, and then we never hear about it when they are 'found not guilty or proven innocent' There are more than 900,000 active LEO out there every single day doing the work that others do not have the courage to do. Stop condemning them all for what the less than .01% do!! If a Police Officer was in the wrong, then yeah, hang him/her by the b*lls, but for pete's sake already, stop judging them all from the onset! When was the last time anyone here read of a criminal or their family taking responsibility for their own actions?? So quick to blame ... so damn sad

Mini Meanie - 10/18/2013 6:37 AM
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No matter how you look at this, Homicide, is Homicide! The man is dead because he was shot multiple times by so called trained officer's! Did he have a gun or knife pointed at these officers? No! So their lives were not in danger because of Mr. Kenny! I suppose since he wasn't your son, father, brother, ect. we can term it" A Homicide, with broad terms" Is that right? Justice for Kenny Stafford and his Family!

For Real - 10/18/2013 12:04 AM
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Homicide is a broad term used in various legal definitions when describing or defining the taking of a human life. This story is misleading the readers to think that the officers committed a first degree murder, when in fact, that is not the case. Even when a prisoner is executed via a death penalty conviction, it is considered a homicide. There are self defense homicides, police homicides, and accidental homicides through misadventure. This story is a textbook example on how the "unbiased" media can confuse and/or mislead the public via poor journalism.
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