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Ask Joe: Why haven't results of Carson City deputy shooting been released to the public?

Carson City Deputy Carl Howell (Photo courtesy Carson City Sheriff's Office)

From the Ask Joe file, we are answering a question about the investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Carson City nearly two years ago.

One of our viewers, Peter Starren, wrote in to say this August will mark two years since Carson City Deputy Carl Howell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

Peter says he's wondering if the investigation has been completed, and if so, what the results of that investigation revealed.

Here's what I found out:

It was August 2015 when Deputy Carl Howell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call. It was a case that really rocked the community as Howell was well known in the Carson area.

I checked into this and found the investigation has not been finalized or released to the public yet, even though it's been almost two years.

The Reno Police Department conducted the investigation. It is customary in officer-involved shootings for an outside agency to head up the investigation.

Reno Police tell me they wrapped up their work last fall and sent the case to the Carson City District Attorney for final review.

I spoke with the D.A., Jason Woodbury. He says there are about 800 pages of reports to sift through, several hours of recordings and 2,000 photographs, all considered evidence in this case. So there's a lot to go through and they don't want to rush it.

Woodbury said if there were a glaring problem with departmental procedures that had been uncovered, they would deal with that immediately, but that is not the case.

He said he hopes to have his review complete by next month so the results can be released to the public.

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