Sparks Officer Fires at 16-Year-Old Suspect

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A Sparks police officer fired four gunshots at a car Tuesday before a 16-year-old suspect who ran into him on his police motorcycle was apprehended.

The teenager was not hit by any of the bullets. He was arrested and booked into Wittenberg Hall on suspicion of battery on a police officer with a deadly weapon, speeding and eluding an officer.

The shooting occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday when Officer Shane Minick attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Greenbrae Drive near Rock Boulevard.

Minick told investigators the car sped through a red light and pulled into a driveway at Sierra Woods Apartments. He pulled his motorcycle up behind the car, but the driver put the car in reverse and rammed into the motorcycle, knocking the officer over and injuring his knee, Sparks Police Lt. Ken Lightfoot said in a statement.

Minick ordered the driver to stop and get out, but instead the teen put the car into gear and accelerated toward the officer, Lightfoot said.

Minick, a five-year veteran of the police force, fired four shots at the car. Three struck the hood and one bullet went through the windshield and into the top of the dashboard, Lightfoot said.

When the driver abandoned the car, Minick grabbed him and detained him until other officers arrive.

The Washoe County sheriff's crime lab and Reno police department are assisting in the investigation.

A 16-year-old passenger who ran from the scene has been questioned and will not be charged, Sparks police said.