September 2, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The 27-year-old man police shot to death in Reno last week was an active-duty U.S. Army soldier who earned medals in Iraq and was on leave visiting family in Nevada.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Kenneth Stafford was an enlisted soldier on leave from Fort Lewis, Wash., when he was shot and killed July 11 in a confrontation with Reno and Sparks police.
The officers, who were unharmed, are on paid administrative leave while the Washoe County sheriff's office investigates.
A 2003 graduate of Washoe High School, Stafford enlisted in the Army in 2009. The helicopter mechanic was deployed in Iraq from February to December 2011.
Lt. Col. Joe Sowers of the 7th Infantry Division says Stafford was awarded two Army Accommodation medals and two Army Achievement medals in Iraq.
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