Police say cab driver who killed a man was acting in self defense, case still open

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Updated: 4/23/2012 7:38 pm
RENO, NV (KRNV & Mynews4.com) - Bradley Cheeseman was killed December 23, 2011. His wife, Dawn Cheeseman, recently spoke out at a joint meeting in front of Reno City Councilors and Washoe County Commissioners begging for help.  Dawn says it has been four months and they still have no answers. "I feel like from the get-go we've been getting the run around from Reno Police and the District Attorney’s office," said Cheeseman.

"I understand frustration but at the same time we have to make sure the other half is being treated fairly," said Reno Police Deputy Chief David Evans. Evans says the cab driver was the victim in this case. "Mr. Cheeseman committed two felony crimes. One, robbery with a deadly weapon and two, when he charged the victim in the robbery the second time," said Evans.

Evans says investigators finished their review in February and sent recommendations to the District Attorney's office. The District Attorney then sent back a request for the police department to review video and 911 audio recordings. 

According to Evans, Cheeseman got out of the cab with a knife and refused to pay an $8 fare.  Cheeseman then walked around the corner. Evans says the cab driver called 911 but followed Cheeseman, to get a better description of the man that allegedly did not pay him.  "There's a difference I think, in trying to get the best information following, like most victims would, and pursuing actively pursuing somebody," said Evans. 

But Evans says the cab driver did get out of the car with his own knife, putting himself back into a confrontational situation. "I'm not advocating that victims put themselves in a bad situation. But ultimately, again based on all of the evidence and there’s quite a bit and a lot of time put into this case we believe that it supports a self-defense," said Evans.

Evans says they are not recommending any charges in this case be filed. The District Attorney could review the case but Evans says that is unlikely.

"My family's not saying Brad did not make some poor decisions that night.  Those poor decisions maybe should have landed him in jail and not the morgue," said Dawn.

There was no one available for comment from the District Attorney’s office.

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