Washoe DA: 2019 officer-involved shooting near Reno High was justified
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The officer-involved shooting of a habitual criminal who ran from police on Jan. 27, 2019, was justified, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
A Reno Police Department officer shot Patrick Michael Wootan, 35, of Reno near Reno High School.
The district attorney’s report said Officer Kevin Hendrix was doing a saturation patrol looking for drivers under the influence when he saw a white car speeding down Keystone Avenue. Hendrix followed the vehicle to the Booth Street area where he found it abandoned.
He saw Wootan running near Reno High School about 10:40 p.m. when Wootan fell. As he approached, he saw Wootan pointing a gun at him. Wootan ignored commands to drop the gun and said he did not want to go back to prison, the report said.
Wootan ignored commands to drop the gun and pointed it at Hendrix. The officer fired once, Wootan turned away, then pointed the gun at Hendrix again, prompting the officer to fire again. Wootan then stood up, pointed the gun, which turned out to be stolen, at Hendrix again charged at the officer. Hendrix fired again. Wootan fell to the ground, appearing to be wounded, then moved his hand toward the gun and Hendrix fired for a last time as Wootan moved his arm away from the gun.
Wootan pleaded guilty to one count of assault on an officer with a deadly weapon committed by a parolee, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. These convictions gave him 12 felony convictions. Wootan was on a parole for being a habitual offender at the time of the conviction. He was sentenced in October 2019 to life in prison with the chance for parole after 10 years.
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