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Elko NHP releases name of suspect killed by trooper

This is a screenshot of body camera video from a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. It shows Aaron Keller firing a shot at the trooper.
This is a screenshot of body camera video from a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. It shows Aaron Keller firing a shot at the trooper.(Nevada Highway Patrol)
Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 11:50 AM PDT
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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - JULY 1, 7:30 P.M. The man killed by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Friday night in Elko after shooting at the trooper has been identified as Aaron Keller, 30, of Spring Creek, Nev.

Keller was on probation for burglary at the time of the incident, the NHP said at a press conference. A video of the press conference was released Wednesday.

Dash camera video showed Keller rolled through a red light in Elko and the trooper pulled him over on River Street at about 10:20 p.m.

The trooper smelled marijuana and told Keller his eyes were bloodshot and asked him to get out of the car. Keller got out, briefly pleaded with the trooper and took off running, the dash camera video showed.

The trooper threatened to use a Taser on Keller and he pulled out a .380-caliber pistol from his pocket and fired three or four shots at the trooper, the NHP said. The trooper shot him seven times and it appears all seven shots hit Keller, the NHP said.

Keller died at the scene from the gunshot wounds.

Aaron Keller, killed by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper in Elko after firing shots at the trooper.
Aaron Keller, killed by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper in Elko after firing shots at the trooper.(Nevada Highway Patrol)

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nevada Highway Patrol says a trooper fatally shot a man who fired at the trooper during a foot chase in Elko after a traffic stop for suspected drunken driving.

The Highway Patrol said in a statement that the trooper shot the man Friday night after the man ran off before field sobriety testing began and that the man fired “multiple rounds at the trooper,”

The statement said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

No identities were released. The trooper was placed on routine administrative leave pending completion of an investigation being conducted by the Elko Police Department and a Washoe County sheriff’s forensics team.

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