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NHP Patrol Carjacking, Chase Investigation Continues

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Christian Magliano Christian Magliano
Mollie Bass Mollie Bass
Manuel Rodriguez Manuel Rodriguez
Devin Peterson Devin Peterson

Dozens of sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers responded to the Mustang exit just off Interstate 80 Monday night.

Traffic backed up for miles after what started as a routine traffic stop of a Ford Explorer with Florida plates and four people inside.

One of those people -- who we have confirmed through family members was 22-year-old Devin Peterson of Jacksonvile, Florida -- jumped out of the Explorer and into the NHP patrol car and sped off.

Other troopers followed and shot out the patrol car's tires as Peterson traveled east.

Once the car was disabled, investigators say Peterson used the trooper's shotgun to carjack a silver Pontiac.

After crashing that car, he turned the trooper's gun on himself and shot himself multiple times. Peterson died at the scene near Fernley.

Meanwhile - back at the original traffic stop, the driver of the explorer -- 29-year old Manuel Rodriguez and two passengers -- 23-year-old Christian Magliano and 29-year-old Mollie Bass were arrested and charged with numerous drug related charges.

NHP Trooper Chuck Allen says incidents like this one are very rare because one of the suspects not only got out of the car - but stole the patrol car too.

He adds that no matter how many traffic stops he makes, none are the same.

"Each stop is uniquely different, based on the location, the amount of traffic that's going by, the weather factoring in there. Are you on a level surface? Are you in windy conditions?"

Allen says it is routine for troopers to leave their cars running at a traffic stop.

"We run so much equipment that we couldn't just pull up behind a voluteer and start the engine off and lock our doors and expect the vehicle to start, once again, because of the amount of electricity that the lights consume."

Allen says firing their weapons at the patrol car's tires is also rare, but done at the discretion of the trooper, deputy, or officer.

"Somebody has access to weapons and equipment and the ability to cause additional harm. The idea is to neutralize that vehicle as quickly as you can and get that vehicle taken back."

Trooper Chuck Allen says someone has stolen a patrol car in the past but it's been more than a decade since it has happened in northern nevada.

As for the suspects -- they are being held in the Washoe County Jail on $150,000 bail each.

The two Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the on-going investigation.

Pursuant to the Washoe County's OIS Protocol, the OIS investigation will be conducted by a joint investigative team comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, the Reno Police Department, the Sparks Police Department, the Nevada Department of Investigation, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency for this investigation. Additional information will be released as the investigation unfolds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at (775) 328-3320, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, http://www.secretwitness.com/, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

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