Reno murder suspect lived with man he allegedly shot

Nicholas Silva
Nicholas Silva(Humboldt Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 8:38 AM PST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2021 at 11:52 AM PST
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MCDERMITT, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Police Department said the suspect in a fatal shooting in Reno, who was later arrested near Winnemucca, lived with the victim who he is accused of killing.

Nicholas Silva, 23, faces charge of Open Murder and Armed Robbery.

Police said Silva shot the victim on March 2 around 1 a.m. at their home on S. Virginia Street near Hillcrest Drive.

Investigators said Silva then left the home and robbed a 7-Eleven in South Reno just before 2 a.m.

The Humboldt Count Sheriff’s Office received word from the Reno Police Department that Silva, 23, might be trying to drive to the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation.

Shortly after 4 a.m., deputies tried to stop a vehicle that exited I-80 in Winnemucca. The driver, identified as Silva, failed to stop and sped away from deputies.

The deputies pursued the vehicle to the Indian Reservation where Silva stopped and was subsequently arrested. Police said a firearm was recovered. The Reno Police Department, Winnemucca Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the arrest.

There are no outstanding suspects related to this incident.

The name of the man who died has not yet been released.

Silva is currently in Humboldt County Jail and will be transferred to the Washoe County detention facility in the near future, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Reno Police Department’s non-emergency line at 775-334-2188. You can also call or text secret witness at 775-322-4900, or go to

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