For Immediate Release
PR #:2000102
Date Issued:Aug 25, 2020 - 9:56am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office releases critical incident community briefing of 2018 officer involved shooting

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office released a critical incident community briefing on August 25, 2020 detailing a shooting incident involving four deputies on February 4, 2018.

“It’s imperative that our community have the opportunity to see the exact circumstances our deputies faced that night,” says Sheriff Darin Balaam. “While a written report can detail the events, video footage allows the public to see exactly what led our deputies to utilize force in this instance. I am hopeful that by releasing this footage, the community will have a clearer picture of the events of February 4, 2018.”

The critical incident community briefing, linked here, includes Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dash-cam footage as well as surveillance footage from the victim’s residence. At the time of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office was still developing its body worn camera policies and procedures and had yet to implement those devices. Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies began using body worn cameras on June 11, 2018.

The 2018 incident is the Office’s most recent officer involved shooting, and has been deemed justified by Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks.


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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