Police: Killing of woman appears to have been part of gang war

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Reno Police say the death of a woman found near a park appears to have been justified.

Reno Police responded to the area of Dick Taylor Park around 6:00 p.m. February 4, 2018 after several reports of shots fired. Officers found the body of 35-year-old Kendra Lethco on the sidewalk near the intersection of Bartlett Street and Beech Street. Police say she had been shot.

Police now say the investigation indicates several people, including Lethco, had driven to the area of Beech Street and Bartlett Street with guns to confront a group of people who live in the area.

Police say evidence indicates the group being confronted returned fire. After an exchange of gunfire that killed Lethco, the remaining members of the groups left the scene.

A short time later, a man associated with the suspect group was dropped off at a hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds suffered during the shooting.

The Regional Gang Unit is assisting the Robbery Homicide Unit with the investigation as both the suspect and victim sides have documented gang affiliations, and the shooting appears to be gang-motivated, according to police.

Police say though Lethco's death appears to be a justifiable homicide, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the circumstances of February 4, 2018 is urged to contact the Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Unit, the Regional Gang Unit, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.