Sparks Police releases new details in officer-involved shooting in Stead

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An investigation continues after 44-year-old Phillip Serrano of Reno was shot and killed by a Reno police officer in Stead late Sunday night.

According to Sparks Police, in the early evening hours on September 23, Reno Police responded to two separate family disturbance incidents involving the same man at a home on Thornridge Court.

Reno police officers were called back to the home Thornridge Ct. on a report that the same man from the previous two calls was now suicidal, reportedly under the influence of narcotics and attempting to consume bleach, according to a statement from Sparks Police.

SPD said Reno police officers arrived at about 9:55 p.m. to find the man standing shirtless next to an open driver’s door of a white pickup parked in front of the home.

Officers gave verbal commands for the man to close the truck door and move to the back of the white pickup, Sparks police said.

After about 7 minutes of verbal commands by the officers, Sparks police said Serrano got into the driver’s seat of the pickup, started the engine, and revved it up.

Officers continued to give verbal commands to the man to turn off the engine and exit the pickup.

Sparks police said the man then drove around a parked car, away from officers, but made a U-turn and drove toward officers.

Officers again asked Serrano to stop, but Sparks police said he continued to rev his engine. He then began to drive the pickup toward officers again.

Six Reno Police officers fired their weapons, according to SPD in a statement. The pickup stopped when it crashed into a parked vehicle.

Officers then approached the vehicle, removed Serrano from the driver’s seat, and rendered aid until medics arrived at the scene.

Serrano was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No other citizens or officers were injured in the shooting, SPD said.

Desert Bloom Drive reopened on Monday morning after being briefly closed during the investigation.

The Sparks Police Department remains the lead agency in this investigation, per officer-involved shooting protocols.

All officers involved have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Anyone with information concerning this case is urged to call Sparks Police Detectives (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.


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