Man accused of shooting Douglas County deputy facing attempted murder charges
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UPDATE as of Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.

Both Nicholas Berreman and Kaela Mae Horse-Berreman virtually appeared in front of a judge for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. 

Berreman, 22, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Sgt. John Lenz. His bail has been set at $1 million cash. An East Fork Justice Court judge increased the bail due to Berreman's violent past. He was appointed a public defender during Wednesday's hearing. 

Horse-Berreman, who was driving the suspect vehicle at the time of the shooting, was released from the Carson City jail on her own recognizance. She is facing charges of harboring and aiding a felony offender. 

Berreman's next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30. 



A Douglas County sheriff's deputy is recovering in a local hospital after he was shot several times during a traffic stop on Sunday night. 

Deputies stopped a car in the area of Gilman and Douglas avenues shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 20. When police attempted to arrest the passenger, 22-year-old Nicholas Berreman — a known fugitive — he shot Sgt. John Lenz three times. Lenz was shot twice in the chest and once in the face near the cheek. Police say body armor stopped the shots to the chest. 

Sgt. Lenz was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville for treatment and was quickly flown to Renown where he is currently recovering. Sheriff Dan Coverley says Sgt. Lenz underwent two surgeries that went well. He's in stable condition. 

Deputies shot Berreman in the hand. He received medical attention before he was taken to the Carson City Jail. Berreman was booked on multiple charges including battery with a deadly weapon on a protected person. The driver of the vehicle, Kaela Mae Horse-Berreman was arrested and booked for harboring and aiding a felony offender. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says Berreman has a lengthy criminal history including resisting a police officer, battery and stolen property and assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to four years in prison in June 2019, but was released prior to serving his full sentence. 

“I have been to see Deputy Lenz and his family and we are all extremely grateful for the outpour of support from the community. I am confident that Deputy Lenz will recover and want to thank the medical staff at Carson Valley Medical Center and Renown for their excellent treatment of John,” stated Sheriff Dan Coverley.

The Carson City Sheriff's Office and Nevada Division of Investigation are taking over the investigation since an officer was involved. 

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