Washoe County Sheriff's Office leads investigation in NHP officer-involved shooting

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Updated: 1/30/2013 1:19 pm
FERNLEY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the Nevada Highway Patrol officer-involved shooting that happened on Interstate 80 near the Mustang exit.

Washoe County says preliminary investigation revealed two on-duty Nevada Highway Troopers were involved in the shooting after conducting the search of the vehicle that had four occupants. The vehicle had been stopped for a routine traffic violation.

Police say one of the males in the vehicle, who has not yet been identified, fled the scene of the initial traffic stop in a marked Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.

Washoe County says the incident concluded on I-80 near Fernley, where it appears the subject succumbed to a gunshot wound. Life saving resuscitation efforts were administered but were unsuccessful. No law enforcement personnel were harmed during this incident.

The two Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers involved have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the on-going investigation.

Local attorney Ken McKenna says the NHP troopers directly caused this tragedy and put citizens on the highway at risk. McKenna says the troopers moved an improper distance away from the suspects who were standing near the patrol cars, and the stolen patrol car was running and unlocked, when standard procedure dictates running patrol cars be locked before walking away from them.

McKenna also says when the suspect drove off in the patrol car, the trooper unloaded his full magazine as the fleeing car, which violates the law.

McKenna also says the shotgun in the car was unlocked by the suspect do to a major flaw in the safety system.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency for this investigation. Additional information will be released as the investigation unfolds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3320, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, http://www.secretwitness.com/, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

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CPJERSEY - 1/29/2013 9:22 PM
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and please its not like im saying that i wouldnt like our highways protected ... I do , im just saying that sometimes LAW ENFORCERS do tend to over react, but so do crimnials . .. The problem nowadays its not innocent until ur proven guilt . ur just Guilty

CPJERSEY - 1/29/2013 9:16 PM
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Okay really ... what routine traffic stop they do this on that highway everyday ... reguardless of who is a douch or whose fault it is . why dont they concentrate on speeders instead of people that look suspicious.... And dont get me wrong but there are 3 sides to every story reguardless if you are the LAW OR NOT

NV360 - 1/29/2013 8:46 PM
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McKenna and the suspect must have had a parent tell them every time they did wrong " IT'S OK IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT." Blame everyone else. Doesn't McKenna have a brother who is a violent felon? Wasn't he or is he still serving life or on death row?? Patrick McKenna??

NV360 - 1/29/2013 8:41 PM
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Can News 4 expand on why and how Ken McKenna knows so many of the details of the incident. Was he there? What qualifies him to give facts of the incident?

TheSugaZ - 1/29/2013 6:47 PM
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The grammatical errors in this article are embarrassing. Does online publishing not have an editor? Does the author ever edit their writing prior to posting? Wow!

Monicarosier - 1/29/2013 5:21 PM
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Holy crap! That attorney is an ignorant ass! Why don't we, like the rest of the states in the US allow for a telephonic warrant! This would have allowed the original officer to have been there at the time of this incident. Instead he was forced to leave the scene to fetch a warrant to search the car! He called for back up for a reason,

Idiotpatrol - 1/29/2013 5:09 PM
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McKenna is a douche.

lindag - 1/29/2013 4:58 PM
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more power to washoe county sheriff's office--they were were on the scene,,not mckenna--they did what they thought had to be done......mckenna---glad you were not in my back yard a week ago tonight---i could be dead--and my dog
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