Sparks Police make murder arrest three months after trespassing incident

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Updated: 5/27 6:43 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A Sparks man is behind bars Tuesday for murder and attempted murder after police say he shot two trespassers in February. Although the shooter admitted to the crime, it still took more than three months for Sparks Police to arrest him.

According to Sparks Police, 73-year-old Wayne Burgarello armed himself after being notified of trespassers on his vacant property. Burgarello found two people sleeping inside the residence and allegedly shot both of them, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Police received a warrant for Burgarello's arrest on Tuesday, and arrested him at a traffic stop. They said the reason for the traffic stop was because they felt it was the safest option for everyone involved.

As for the investigation, Sparks Police Sargeant Aaron Leary said the investigation took months to complete, because there was so much evidence to comb through. "It’s taken awhile. The Sparks Police Department examined all the evidence in this case that had been sent to the lab and interviewed numerous witnesses, coming to the conclusion this morning to obtain the arrest warrant for Mr. Burgarello's arrest.”

The person Burgarello allegedly shot and did not kill is still recovering from her injuries. News 4 asked police if she would face any trespassing charges, but they said she will not.

Burgarello is currently being held on no bail at the Washoe County Jail. His arraignment has not been set yet.
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Annette L - 5/28/2014 10:06 PM
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Get off your high horse- all you crying about the law. How about you go cry somewhere else. We all know that exceeding the speed limit kills people more then squatters, so next time you go over the limit ?????? HE DIDN'T NEED TO KILL HIM. Go protest against all the real bed guys getting out of jail. WOW!

sierra11 - 5/28/2014 7:35 PM
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sierra11 - 4:22 PM 1 Vote Report User Criminals, dirt bag's and freeloaders welcome! Come on in........make yourself at home. That goes for your campground spot, truck stop sleeping area, car, front yard or your personal being! Nevada Law on this subject is quite clear. So let's not get a bunch of Obama Liberals who just "want to talk about this" get too construed! Stand your ground is a reasonable law and not the issue. Weather his life or others was in jeopardy is! Mr. Burgarello will have his day in court to prove that. I have said it before and I will say it again... One who gives up Rights for Security.... deserves NEITHER! By the way, with the gas and power turned off don't tell me these two didn't know what they where doing!

freedomrings - 5/28/2014 6:56 PM
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RPD says she won't face trespassing charges REALLY !!! your kidding right !! How about breaking and entering, illegal squatting, loitering, elder abuse ?

Bubbles - 5/28/2014 6:51 AM
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Welcome to he new world where the criminals are running the show. The person who should be in jail is the trespasser. The piles of garbage wouldn't have bee shot if the hadn't broken into someone elses home and squatted.

Kramer - 5/28/2014 4:12 AM
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"at" a traffic stop, Y not "after"? eDIT

renojim - 5/27/2014 9:02 PM
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If calling me lil man is the best you got, this is going to be fun lol!!!

renojim - 5/27/2014 8:59 PM
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He had a warrant, thus he was stopped, what don't you get???? If you have an arrest warrant, they run your plates, your warrant comes up, they turn on the light, you get pulled over, you go to jail, can I break it down any simpler for you??

freedomrings - 5/27/2014 7:50 PM
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Renojim aka Lil man, Alot of people have warrants, traffic stops still require probable cause. The cops did not give a reasonable excuse to perform a traffic stop.

renojim - 5/27/2014 7:25 PM
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He had a warrant for his arrest, thus probable cause moron.

freedomrings - 5/27/2014 7:06 PM
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A traffic stop is not valid unless there is probable cause. This case should be dropped right now because the cops failed to show probable cause for pulling him over. were the cops profiling this guy as well ?
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