U-Haul driver identified after fatal deputy-involved shooting in north Reno

Officials said a deputy-involved shooting was reported in the area of North Virginia Street and Stead Boulevard in north Reno on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Reno Police spokesman Tim Broadway said a suspect is dead following a chase and deputy-involved shooting in north Reno Friday afternoon.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Kyle Zimbelman of Reno.

He added that a Washoe County sheriff's deputy suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was taken to a hospital.

The shooting happened at about 1 p.m. in the area of North Virginia Street and Stead Boulevard.

Broadway said in a news release that the incident started at about 12:20 p.m. when Nevada Highway Patrol troopers tried to stop the suspect, who was driving a U-Haul truck on eastbound Interstate 80 near USA Parkway.

The truck, which was occupied by the driver and a passenger, failed to stop and made its way onto the westbound side of the I-80, and then sheriff's deputies arrived to assist troopers, according to the police spokesman.

NHP Trooper Duncan Dauber told News 4-Fox 11 that NHP attempted to use a spike strip on the fleeing vehicle at three different locations. He said the spike strip was deployed at the Patrick exit of I-80, but the driver may have maneuvered around it.

The U-Haul then made its way onto northbound U.S. 395, took the Stead Boulevard exit and traveled onto a dirt road on the west side of North Virginia Street where officers attempted to block it, according to the news release.

The truck briefly stopped, and the passenger got out and was quickly detained, Broadway stated.

"At some point shots were fired, and the driver of the vehicle... was declared deceased on scene," the statement read.

The passenger is said to be a male.

As part of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol, Reno police robbery homicide detectives responded to the scene and will be the lead agency in this investigation with the assistance of Sparks police detectives, according to the news release.

The officers involved in the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave per the policy.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Reno police at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

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