Carson City authorities issue DNA warrant in Judge Tatro case

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Carson City officials said on Friday that they would issue a "DNA arrest warrant" for a suspect who fired into the home of a judge in 2012.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Jason Woodbury said in a joint statement that the decision was a rarity in criminal cases, but was made "to avoid the statute of limitations, which would have barred any prosecution of the perpetrator."

Woodbury said the District Attorney's office has never tried to fulfill a DNA warrant, which "identifies the acccused using the fictitious name 'John Doe' together with the accused's DNA profile...."

He added that he believes the warrant is legal, based on extensive research. When a suspect is in custody, the criminal complaint will include the real name.

After the shooting in Dec. 2012, Judge John Tatro received a threatening letter in Dec. 2014 with "YOU WILL DIE" written inside. This past May, someone put homemade incendiary devices into his garage and tried to ignite them.

According to Sheriff Furlong, the three incidents all appear related, with one person responsible.

The investigation is ongoing, Furlong said, and anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff's Office at (775) 887-2014, Lead Detective Sam Hatley at (775) 283-7852 or Lieutenant Brian Humphrey at (775) 283-7850. Any person wishing to remain anonymous can contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Information can also be sent by e-mail to: or