Arrest in Cold Springs attempted catalytic converter theft linked to shooting

At left is a drone photograph of Dustin Wayne Dewey. At right is Dewey's booking photograph.
At left is a drone photograph of Dustin Wayne Dewey. At right is Dewey's booking photograph.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:43 AM PDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2021 at 12:11 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - SATURDAY UPDATE: The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday morning arrested a suspect in an attempted catalytic converter theft from the Cold Springs area on Friday that included a chase and someone being shot.

Alert residents in the Red Rock Road area tipped the sheriff’s office to the whereabouts of Dustin Wayne Dewey, 27, at about 7 a.m.

Nearly a dozen sheriff’s office personnel were sent to the Red Rock area. A drone dedicated to the canine unit donated by the Washoe County K9 Partners found Dewey between Red Rock Road and the Red Rock Pits, about 100 yards away from residences on Pathfinder Drive.

He had a gun, but was arrested without incident shortly before 8:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Dewey is charged with one felony count of eluding; one felony count of attempted vehicle burglary; one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit; and one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. The investigation continues. There is no shooting charge against Dewey at this time.

A Cold Springs resident allegedly caught Dewey stealing a catalytic convertor. There was a chase and a confrontation. Shots were fired and someone was injured, but the sheriff’s office did not update any of the details.

ORIGINAL STORY: A shooting early Friday that prompted a precautionary lockdown at Cold Springs Middle School stemmed from an attempted catalytic converter theft, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. August 27 on Diamond Peak Drive and Lake Hills Court.

The sheriff’s office said a homeowner caught someone trying to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle in their driveway on Snow Valley Drive. The homeowner and others chased the person of interest to the corner of Diamond Peak and Lake Hills. At some point there was a confrontation and shots were fired.

One person was shot in the leg and multiple homes were hit with errant bullets, the sheriff’s office said. The person of interest then took off in a vehicle that was later found by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team members.

The sheriff’s office released a photo of the person of interest who is identified as Dustin Dewey, 27, of Reno. Dewey may have access to more weapons, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information on Dewey’s whereabouts is asked to not confront him and call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at (775) 785-WCSO.

Students at nearby Cold Springs Middle School were brought inside the school as they arrived on campus due to the nearby police activity.

The Code Yellow Lockdown was lifted around 9 a.m.

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise throughout Washoe County due to the rising cost of precious metals inside the part.

The scene of a shooting in Cold Springs stemming from an attempted catalytic converter theft.
The scene of a shooting in Cold Springs stemming from an attempted catalytic converter theft.(KOLO)

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