DA: RPD officer justified in shooting downtown suspect in 2017

Mugshot courtesy Washoe County jail
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks has concluded an officer-involved shooting in February 2017 in downtown Reno was justified.

Police were called to a report of at Ralston and West Streets February 6. Officers reported finding 35-year-old Ronald Bailey III, whom they say was repeatedly stabbing a man with a knife. Bailey responded to the officer’s commands to stop by assaulting one of the officers with the knife. Police then shot Bailey, who was treated at a hospital and released, then charged with attempted murder, obstructing and resisting a peace officer with a deadly weapon, assault on a protected person and battery with the use of a deadly weapon. He was eventually sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of Battery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm and one count of Resisting a Public Officer with a Dangerous Weapon.

DA Hicks has released a 21-page report detailing his conclusions and the legal analysis applied to the case. It will be made available here.