Carson City deputy killed in line of duty; suspect also dead (w/ VIDEO) |

Carson City deputy killed in line of duty; suspect also dead (w/ VIDEO)

Taylor Pettaway
Carson City Sheriff's Office Deputy Carl Howell's hat sits on a chair at a candlelight vigil in his honor Saturday night in the Capitol Grounds.
Brad Coman / Nevada Appeal | Brad Coman / Nevada Appeal

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Carson City Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed early Saturday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

At 2:18 a.m., Carson City deputies responded the 4100 block of Montez Drive for a report of battery with injury.

Upon arrival, deputies found an injured woman. Within minutes, a man came out of the residence and opened fire on officers.

One deputy was shot and taken to the hospital where he later died.

The officer’s name has not been released in order to notify family, but Michael Sean Giurlani, president of the Nevada State Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, said the deputy was married with four young children.

“It’s a ripple that’s kind of hit all of us very, very hard,” he said Saturday from Carson City, where he was with sheriff’s deputies, including the slain deputy’s former partner.

“It’s a small community and we all know each other,” he said.


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Additional units arrived and secured the home, evacuating three children, ages 8-13 and one adult. The suspect was found dead at the scene.

The investigation has been turned over to the Reno Police Department.

Tim Broadway, the public information officer from Reno Police Department said it appeared the suspect died from wounds sustained during the gunfire and not self-inflicted wounds.

Reno Police are still on scene, but Broadway believes the scene is going to be cleared by 7 p.m.

At this time, neither Reno nor Carson City departments are releasing any more information until Sunday.

“The heart of our community goes out to the family of the slain officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this morning,” Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell posted on Facebook. “It is a reminder of the dangers that our first responders go through each and every day while keeping us safe. We will do everything possible to help the family of this officer. We will also do everything possible to help our public safety heroes get through this traumatic tragedy.

“Please keep the officer’s family and our first responders in our thoughts and prayers.”


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The deputy is the fifth Carson City officer killed in the line of the duty and the first since 1963.

“The Nevada family lost one of its finest public servants today,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a release. “I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the untimely death of a Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy and pray for strength and peace for his family and fellow officers during this time of tragedy. The death of this dedicated officer is a sobering reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform courageously make each and every day as they protect our communities.”

U.S. Flags were lowered around the city. A procession was held Saturday morning from Carson-Tahoe Medical Center, and a candlelight vigil took place in the evening at Capitol Grounds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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