For Immediate Release
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PR #:1300120
Date Issued:Nov 07, 2013 - 12:49pm

Update: Washoe County Sheriff's Office conducts Humboldt County OIS Investigation

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-771-8252

Update: The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has completed formal identification of the deceased subject from an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on October 24 on Highway 80 east of Winnemucca, and next of kin notification has been made by law enforcement. The decedent has been identified as John Robert Dellafiora, age 46, of Gilboa, New York.

The Regional Officer-Involved Shooting Team investigation is ongoing. Once completed, the investigation will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

From a press release dated 10/24/2013:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Team conduct the investigation into an Officer Involved Shooting which occurred on Highway 80 near Golconda, Nevada on Wednesday afternoon. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency conducting the investigation with assistance from the Reno Police Department.

According to investigators, personnel from the Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Winnemucca Police Department were involved with a traffic stop on Highway 80 at mile marker 222 when the subject of the stop fled the scene in his vehicle. Deputies from the Humboldt County and Lander County Sheriff’s Offices responded to assist with the pursuit. 

The driver was pursued westbound on Interstate 80 until he exited the Interstate in the Golconda area. The driver exited his vehicle and immediately fired multiple rounds in the direction of the responding officers, striking two patrol vehicles. Shrapnel struck and injured a K9 who was enclosed within a kennel inside one of the patrol vehicles.

Law enforcement personnel returned fire and the driver subsequently died as a result of his injuries. No officers were injured during the incident. The K9 was assessed at an area animal hospital and released.   

Investigators are still waiting formal identification of the decedent as well as next of kin notification.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to immediately call the Sheriff's Office Detectives Division at 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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