Reno police: Intruder killed in self defense

The homeowner told police he shot an intruder in the Idlewild Drive area. Police said the intruder was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 9:36 AM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -A man is dead and the Reno Police Department said it appears a homeowner killed him in self defense.

It happened Saturday about 9:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Idlewild Drive near Idlewild Park.

Police said the homeowner reported having shot an intruder. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene, along with the homeowner and a witness.

Robbery/homicide detectives took over the investigation.

Many neighbors described the area as quiet and were surprised to hear about the investigation.

“Everyone here usually has each other’s backs too,” said Adam Thompson. “It’s a very communal neighborhood.”

“Kind of shocked because that usually doesn’t happen in this neighborhood at all, ”said Joe Malfa, a nearby resident since 1980.

“The homeowner in this incident is cooperating with the investigation,” police said in a statement. “At this time an arrest will not be made as this appears to be in defense of himself.”

“In some cases you just gotta do what you gotta do to survive and I think in this case, maybe the homeowner had to do that,” Malfa said.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or go to

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