Police rule justified self defense in fatal apartment shooting

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Reno Police say a fatal shooting at an apartment complex Monday was justified.

Police were called about 6:15PM May 6, 2019 to the Evergreen Apartments on Brinkby Avenue. They found 35-year-old Christopher Jimenez with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He died after being taken to a hospital.

Detectives spoke with several people on scene, including the shooter, and pieced together a timeline that shows Jimenez had been acting out of character in an apparent "altered state of consciousness," according to police, when he started an unprovoked and violent fight with a resident of the complex who had been sitting on the landing outside his apartment.

Another resident of the complex, who has a concealed carry permit and was armed with a handgun, saw the fight and tried to intervene. Witnesses say Jimenez stopped his attack on the first person and rushed the resident with the gun, who then stepped back and told Jimenez to stop, but Jimenez instead starting fighting him. That's when the resident with the gun fired a round and stopped the attack.

Both victims had injuries as a result of the fights, but did not require hospitalization.

Police say, "Based on the totality of the circumstances, to include physical evidence and multiple independent witness statements, the shooting appears to be justified."

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