NDOT shooting suspect linked to Nevada City murder

Zachary Minissale
Zachary Minissale(Nevada Highway Patrol)
Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 11:31 AM PDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:11 PM PDT
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EUREKA, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE JUNE 22: KOLO 8 News Now has learned new details about the suspect in a shooting that injured a Nevada Department of Transportation worker in Eureka County, who may also be linked to a murder investigation in Nevada City, Calif.

According to Captain Eddie Bowers with the Nevada Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Zachary Minissale shot an NDOT employee in a construction zone just before 10 A.M. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

He then led troopers on a chase and was stopped about 42 miles south of the initial shooting after Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts disabled the suspect’s car.

Minissale then opened fire on the responding officers with a revolver. Two NHP troopers fired a total of 16 shots. Minissale was hit once and killed.

The employee shot has been released from the hospital. No officers were injured.

Authorities ran the plates of the van Minissale was driving which were registered to an address in the 13000 block of Bodie Ridge Road in Nevada City.

Lieutenant Scales with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said his deputies responded to the address around noon that same day and found a male deceased in the home from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as 30-year-old Jessic Robiere.

Lt. Scales said Robiere is a UK citizen and was a friend or acquaintance of Minissale. It is still under investigation why Robiere was at Minissale’s residence.

UPDATE 4:35 P.M. The Nevada Highway Patrol has released new information about a shooting that injured a Nevada Department of Transportation worker in Eureka County.

An NHP spokesperson says a trooper was traveling on State Route 278 in a work zone when he observed a white Ram cargo van speeding southbound.

The Trooper was then notified that the driver of the Ram van had fired multiple shots at the NDOT employee, hitting him several times. The Trooper provided medical aid and then left the scene to locate the shooter.

Additional Troopers and Eureka County Deputies located the suspect vehicle about 35 miles north of Eureka.

The officers deployed a device that disabled the van’s tires. The suspect then left the vehicle and started shooting at the Deputies and Troopers.

After an hours-long standoff, the officers found the suspect near the van suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect was transported from the scene, but died a short time later.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released and there is no word on the condition of the NDOT employee.

SR 278 remains closed from US 50 to the Eureka/Elko County line.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nevada Highway Patrol confirms to KOLO 8 News Now that a suspect is in custody for the shooting that injured a Nevada Department of Transportation employee.

The shooting happened on State Route 278 north of Eureka in Eureka County

The NHP says the arrest came after a standoff with the suspect about 27 miles north of Eureka in Eureka County.

An NDOT employee was shot Wednesday morning in Eureka County. A standoff with the suspect has...
An NDOT employee was shot Wednesday morning in Eureka County. A standoff with the suspect has shut down SR 278.(KOLO)

NHP Troopers and Deputies from the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office are on scene and SR 278 is expected to be closed between Eureka and Carlin for several hours for the investigation. The area is remote, but NHP advises that you avoid the area.

The NDOT employee was flown via CareFlight for treatment. There is no word on their condition.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now on this developing story.

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