Downtown shooting suspect says he was acting in self-defense

Nicholas Nevarez
Nicholas Nevarez(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 6:57 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - TUESDAY UPDATE: Police say the suspect, Nicholas Nevarez was walking east along First Street near City Hall when he reportedly got into a verbal exchange with a group of people on the sidewalk.

He told police he felt threatened and decided to arm himself. He then returned minutes later with a gun and confronted the group.

Surveillance video at the scene showed the victim appearing to lunge at Nevarez before being shot.

Police say four shell casings were found at the scene and Nevarez was the one who called in to report the shooting. He told police he was acting in self-defense.

MONDAY 3:33 P.M. UPDATE: The victim in this shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Jalawrence Holden of Reno, according to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

His cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds.

MONDAY 4:45 A.M. UPDATE: One man is dead after a shooting in downtown Reno near City Plaza Sunday. A second victim suffered minor injuries from possible bullet fragments. The shooting was reported at 4:20 p.m. at First Street and Lincoln Alley.

Reno Police say everyone involved in the incident remained at the scene and all are cooperating with the investigation. After officers finished interviews, a Nicholas Nevarez, 27, of Reno, was arrested for murder with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the person who died after family is notified.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2121 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

ORGINAL STORY: The Reno Police Department has closed some downtown streets after an incident in the area of City Plaza on Sunday afternoon.

Police have not released information about what happened.

Virginia Street is closed from First Street to Second Street and First Street is closed from Virginia street to Center Street.

Police responded to the area of First and North Virginia streets at about 4:21 p.m.