Female Shooting Unlikely in Reno

By: Auburn Hutton
By: Auburn Hutton

The gender of the suspect killed in the officer-involved shooting comes as a surprise, to some. Police say the most important thing to remember is that law enforcement does not discriminate.

A threat is a threat, and whether it be from a man, woman or child, police say they have every right to protect themselves when faced with danger.

Washoe County Rangemaster, Deputy Scott Bloom has seen a lot of officer involved shootings, but very few involving women.

"It's been our experience that women don't often act out in the violent manner that men do. We find that sometimes, they're not as familiar with firearms as men are, but that doesn't mean they're not capable," said Bloom.

After 18-years in law enforcement, he knows that being capable means a lot. In fact, he knows firsthand.

"There's nothing fun about them. They're frightening moments. They're scary. You're faced with a life or death situation and someone is trying to harm you or guys you work with. You have to make a split second decision."

All members of law enforcement are required to train with firearms at least twice a year. Lessons are based on the latest technology involving pistols shotguns and rifles, as well as any new laws in place that could help protect not only the criminal, but also the officer.

"Law enforcement has the right and ability to stop the threat. If someone dies as a result of an officer-involved shooting, that is just the result of what happens. We never try to kill anybody."

Bloom says officer-involved shootings are complex, but unfortunately very common. He says the motto is always to hope for the best but expect the worst.

"You have to take that threat very seriously. If you don't, you're not going to go home that night. If you don't, it could turn out there was a gun behind that laser. You can't assume there's not."

Deputy Bloom also said the accessories can be added to any firearm. In recent years, they've become increasingly popular, especially among women.


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