Police Chief: Downtown shooting apparently "isolated incident"

Published: Nov. 28, 2017 at 7:12 PM PST
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Police say the suspect in a shooting at the Montage condominium complex in downtown Reno is dead. No name will be released until family is notified; he is described only as a man in his twenties.

Police say the shooter was barricaded inside the Montage, at 255 North Sierra, with a hostage, whom police say is now safe with no injuries. Police believe the suspect and hostage had a domestic relationship.

Police say shots were fired by the suspect within the condo and onto Sierra Street from the east side of an 8th floor unit. Police evacuated the downtown area and closed several streets, which have since been reopened.

The suspect was shot by police and died on the way to a hospital; police initially believed the injuries were not life-threatening. Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol is being enacted since Reno Police and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office were in the unit when the suspect was shot; Sparks Police are leading the investigation.

Besides the death of the suspect, the only reported injury is a superficial hand injury to a citizen.

A SWAT team and the Washoe County Sheriff RAVEN helicopter responded to the scene. UNR Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol, the FBI and ATF were also there.

The incident began shortly before 7PM November 28, 2017.

Reno Police Chief Jason Soto:

"I would like to take an opportunity to thank the community for their understanding and willingness to avoid the downtown area during last night’s critical incident on North Sierra Street. The calls that came into the Emergency Communication Center, from this community, were instrumental in allowing the quick response from all area law enforcement agencies.

"The Sparks Police Department has taken over the investigation as a part of the Regional Officer Involved Shooting protocol. As such, I will leave further details about the incident itself to their Detective Section. Preliminary information shows that this was an isolated incident and it does not appear that this was a pre-planned attack on our community.  The immediate notification from those in the area and the quick reaction from this region’s law enforcement agencies assisted us in bringing this incident to a close with very minimal injury to the community."