Suspect in 2017 Reno killing in custody in Washoe jail

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A person of interest in a downtown Reno murder has been brought back to Reno and charged with open murder.

Mugshot courtesy Washoe County jail

Police were called about 2AM August 31, 2017 to an alley at 1st Street between Arlington and West Streets. 26-year-old Vidal Smith was found shot to death.

Police say Smith had a confrontation with somebody before the shooting, and they did not believe there was any danger to the public.

October 5, police announced that as they continued to piece the case together, a person of interest was in custody on a federal parole violation charge in Tempe, Arizona. 27-year-old Dontay Sevier has since been extradited back to Nevada, and February 15, 2018, he was booked into the Washoe County jail on an open murder charge.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2188, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or, or you can text a tip to 847411 (TIP 411) Keyword - SW. Secret Witness is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.

Photo courtesy KOLO viewer Ampdraw
Photo courtesy KOLO viewer Ampdraw