Officers Shot in Schurz

A tribal police chief and another tribal officer and two residents of a home on the Walker River Paiute Reservation were wounded in a shootout Wednesday, authorities said.

The four men, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, were transported by emergency helicopter to a hospital in Reno, about 100 miles to the north, FBI spokesman David Staretz said. A dog owned by the residents was shot and killed, Staretz added.

The man started shooting as the officers tried to serve an arrest warrant, Staretz said, adding that the man barricaded himself in the home but surrendered after he was injured and his injured son left the home.

FBI agents summoned to the scene were ensuring that nobody else
was in the house. The Nevada Highway Patrol shut off a 30-mile stretch of U.S. 95, which runs past the reservation and at one point is only a few hundred yards from the house.

The nature of the arrest warrant wasn't immediately known, although Staretz said it may have been drug-related since federal Drug Enforcement Administration personnel also were at the scene. He also said federal Bureau of Indian Affairs agents were on hand when the shooting started.

Names of the officers and the residents of the house weren't immediately available. A spokeswoman for the Reno hospital, Renown
Health, said she couldn't comment about the condition of the injured.

Gina Williams, the tribal chairwoman, said she had heard about the shooting but didn't have details. "I'm just waiting like everybody else," she added.

NHP Trooper Chuck Allen said officers from his agency, as well as the FBI, the BIA and the Mineral County and Washoe County sheriff's departments responded. He noted the FBI had primary jurisdiction.


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