RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Seven law enforcement officers are on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues into the officer involved shooting at the Sand Mountain Campgrounds on Friday.
Law enforcement from Carson City, Nevada Highway Patrol, Lyon County, Fallon Police and Churchill County were all on the suspect's tail as he fled the scene of a homicide in Washoe Valley in a white Jeep Cherokee. A barrage of bullets ended an 85-mile high-speed pursuit.
"We had multiple agencies involved in that pursuit that ended in the Sand Mountain recreational area," said Reno Police Public Information Officer Tim Broadway. "Which ultimately resulted in the suspect being shot and killed by officers."
Four Carson City Sheriff's Deputies and three Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers are temporarily off-duty. "The officers are on administrative leave because it is suspected that one of their bullets did kill the suspect," said Broadway.
As part of standard procedure, Reno Police are leading the investigation because their agency was not involved in the shooting. Broadway said it is normal to put the officers on leave.
"Anytime an officer fires his weapon and it strikes a human being, its standard procedure [to put officers on leave]," said Broadway. "At least in the state of Nevada, due to obviously stressors- stresses that an officer faces by one: simply pulling their gun out in defense of themselves or defense of someone else."
While the officers are on leave, their training records will be reviewed, and investigators will determine if the shooting was justified. The suspect, whose identity is withheld until next of kin is notified, was firing at officers. Forensics could pinpoint who shot him.
"They’ll recover as many bullets from the suspect," said Broadway. "And they'll be able to match those with the rifling. Each weapon has its own signature."
If the preliminary investigation deems that the shooting was justified, the officers will return to duty, and must get their weapons replaced.