UPDATE: 12:45PM - Lieutenant Mohammad Rafaqat is saying preliminary investigation revealed Heil was contacted by the involved deputy for "soliciting a ride" (hitchhiking) as well as resembling the description of a recent stolen vehicle suspect.
Upon contact and search for weapons, the deputy discovered what he believed to be a firearm concealed inside Heil's clothing. When the deputy asked about the weapon, Heil initially denied it was a weapon but later confirmed that it was a revolver. Following discovery of the revolver, the deputy tried to handcuff Heil, at which point Heil fled from the deputy on foot.
During the foot chase and after a taser was used on Heil, he turned toward the Deputy and reached for the concealed firearm. The deputy drew his service weapon and shot Heil. Shortly thereafter, Rafaqat says Heil was taken into custody and transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained from the shooting.
The revolver was found in bushes in the path of the foot chase. Rafaqat says Heil was determined to be an ex-felon for assault with a deadly weapon in 2008 out of Truckee, Ca.
Following his release from the hospital on November 19th, 2012, Washoe County says Heil was charged with resisting a public official, own/possess a gun by a prohibited person, and carry/conceal a weapon without a permit, in addition to being charged with soliciting a ride.
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Michael Nelson Heil, the man shot November 10th by a Washoe County Sheriff's Deputy near Gold Ranch, has now been charged with three crimes.
He was charged at the Washoe County Jail for resisting a public official, own/possess a gun by a prohibited person, and carry/conceal a weapon without a permit.