Sheriff's Office

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Date Issued:
Feb 24, 2021 - 3:53PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives seek public’s help in Sun Valley shooting

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Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are seeking the public’s help in a late-night shooting which occurred February 21, 2021.

Just before 11 o’clock that evening, seven people were in a residence on Braxton Circle when bullets started piercing the structure’s exterior and interior.

Patrol deputies arrived to find a 43-year-old woman who was shot while sleeping in a bed. Deputies provided immediate first aid for non-life-threatening injuries. She was transported to an area hospital and has since been released.

Detectives located nearly two-dozen large-caliber rifle casings in the cul-de-sac.

At this time there is no suspect(s) description and there is no description of the getaway vehicle.

Preliminary findings indicate this could be gang related; however, it does not appear the victims have gang ties.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. You may also email Refer to case #WC21-793.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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