Douglas District Attorney rules officer-involved shooting death justified

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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) - Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson says all evidence indicates the shooting death of a man in July 2015 by sheriff's deputies was justified.

48-year-old Mark Perkins was shot and killed after investigators say he pointed two weapons at multiple deputies on Monument Peak Drive.

Deputies had received a call about 2PM in the Gardnerville Ranchos that Perkins was armed with multiple weapons and had threatened his wife and told her he was going to shoot a police officer. He also told her he intended to kill a neighbor. Deputies got an arrest warrant for Perkins for assault with a deadly weapon and a search warrant for his home.

About 5:30PM, the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were called to serve the warrants.

Investigators say as members of the SWAT team were getting ready to approach the home and evacuate surrounding homes, Perkins came out of his home armed and confronted the deputies. At some point during the confrontation, Perkins pointed two weapons at multiple deputies, who fired their weapons, and Perkins was hit by the deputies' gunfire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted the criminal investigation of the officer-involved shooting, per protocol indicating such a shooting is investigated by another agency.

DA Jackson released a memo saying his office will take no further investigation regarding this case and has closed the file on it, based on evidence collected during the investigation. His memo is attached to this story.

The six deputies involved in the shooting were temporarily placed on administrative leave in accordance to department policies governing the use of deadly force.



 
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