Criminal probe launched in Reno gun sale

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Updated: 7/29/2013 11:53 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Sparks Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the sale of a firearm by a Reno police sergeant to a mentally ill 19-year-old man who was prohibited from having a gun.

Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts says he asked for the investigation after learning a Washoe County District Court judge had ruled the man incompetent to care for himself because of his mental illness. The ruling made the man a "prohibited person" not allowed to have a gun under state and federal laws.

The Reno Gazette-Journal ( ) reports the Sparks police investigation is in addition to internal Reno police investigations into the gun sale by Sgt. Laura Conklin.

Pitts says the focus of the criminal investigation is to examine any specific intent associated with anyone's conduct."


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,


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