This has been a terrible time for the Florez family. Two weeks ago one of Duane Florez' sons was critically injured in a traffic accident in I-80 East. Last Friday, an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on his 25 year old son Nigel...escalated into a standoff. Florez rushed to the scene.
It would be at least 2 hours before Florez would learn his son had been killed. Five days later he still has questions. The incident took place on Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Reservation...federal jurisdiction, local assistance. The FBI, assisted by the Washoe County Sheriff's office had gone to this home to serve an arrest warrant on Nigel Florez. He was facing assault with a deadly weapon charge from a domestic incident, but had been staying at a half way house under a pre-trial release agreement. On June 28th he walked away from that halfway house. Three days later at about 9, officers came knocking. Florez' brother, Jeremy, answered the door. He and 2 others in the home were taken out and held. Jeremy says he told them he didn't know if his brother was in the house. A search began, but one area of the house couldn't be easily searched....the crawl space...and that's where Nigel hid. When officers from the Sheriff's Swat team entered to check the area out...they say they encountered him and they say he had a shotgun. Deputy Dennis Carry fired twice, hitting Florez in the face and throat. A hole was eventually cut in the floor to remove the body. Today, the family is preparing for his funeral. His father still can't understand the fatal confrontation.
One point of contention is the shotgun. Flroez' brother says he saw it by the front door as he was taken into custody and believes the officers saw it too. He questions whether his brother could have had it. The FBI is continuing its investigation, but a spokesman says the basic outline is now known. The Washoe County Sheriff's office is conducting its own internal investigation to determine if policies were followed. Deputy Carry is on administrative leave pending the outcome.