Police say man shot by Sparks Police had shot at officers

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO)-- Reno Police say a man shot and killed by Sparks Police had fired a shot at police after a traffic stop.

Reno Police, leading the investigation per officer-involved shooting protocol, say shortly after 10PM January 24, 2018, Sparks officers tried to stop a driver who was speeding near the intersection of Rock Boulevard and Prater Way. The officers were unable to catch up to the driver and lost sight of the car near Merchant Street and Sullivan Lane.

Investigators say the officers stayed in the area looking for the vehicle, finding it a short time later near 1100 15th Street. The officers again attempted to stop the driver, using emergency lights and siren. Police say the driver still wouldn't stop and actively tried to get away through the apartment complex at 1100 15th Street.

Police say after weaving through the complex, the driver of the car abruptly stopped in the parking lot. Both officers got out of their patrol car and told the driver to get out of his car. That's when, police say, 27-year-old Humberto Vera-Munoz got out of his car armed with a handgun and fired a shot at one of the officers. The officers returned fire, hitting Vera-Munoz, who went down near his car. Police say officers tried life-saving measures until paramedics arrived.

Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation, which is ongoing and will ultimately be given to the Washoe County District Attorney for review.

RPD asks anyone with information to call detectives at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or go to www.secretwitness.com.


The scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 1100 block of 15th Street in Sparks. Photo by Gurajpal Sangha/KOLO.