RENO, NV - Washoe County sheriff's detectives have released new information about two homicides that led to a chase and police shooting.
Detectives have identified Anthony Gustave Nelson as the suspect in the killings.
They say it appears he went to the home on Leo Bingo Court in Washoe Valley, though they're not sure when, and stabbed to death the 70-year-old female homeowner. Her name still hasn't been released
Friday night, June 13, 2014, a man and woman went to that home to check on their friend, from whom they hadn't heard in a while. Detectives say the couple was met at the door by Nelson, who shot the man and woman. The woman was killed; the man was hurt superficially and was able to call 911 and explain what had happened. The couple's names haven't been released.
Detectives say there is no known connection between Nelson and any of the victims.
After the shooting, detectives say, Nelson took the Jeep Cherokee that belonged to the homeowner and headed south into Carson City, where he was spotted by sheriff's deputies who started a chase. Several agencies joined the chase that ended in Churchill County with Nelson being shot to death by law enforcement.
Reno police are leading the investigation into that shooting, since no agency involved in the shooting is allowed to run the case. Four deputies from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and three troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol were involved in the shooting and have been placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Nelson had been released on probation from the Arizona Department of Corrections June 2, 2014; he had been incarcerated on charges of sexual assault. He was a sex offender and had slipped out of his GPS bracelet.
Police in Tucson, Arizona, say Nelson was in possession of a white Nissan Frontier pickup belonging to 32-year-old Quincy Gangwer, whose body was found in his Tuscon home. An investigation is underway to determine the full connection between Nelson and Gangwer, and the timeline involving Nelson's release from prison, Gangwer's death and the Washoe Valley attacks.
Washoe County detectives say the Nissan Frontier was seen at the Washoe Lake State Park campground on June 12 and 13 and continues to ask for any information from the public that can help determine the whereabouts of the truck and suspect Anthony Nelson in the days prior to the killings. It was parked in the garage of the home where the attacks happened the night of the 13th.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.