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Deputies Identify Suspected Washoe Valley Shooter

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The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday formally identified the suspected shooter in last week’s Washoe Valley double-homicide, officer-involved shooting and high speed chase that ended near Fallon.

Deputies say Anthony Gustave Nelson shot the reporting party's wife and stabbed a 70-year-old woman inside a home on Leo Bingo Court in New Washoe City last Friday around 7:30pm. A man with superficial gunshot wounds was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment.

Detectives also announced on Wednesday they have now confirmed that the couple were friends of the resident where the shooting occurred. Investigators say that the couple decided to check on the welfare of their friend because she had not been answering her phone.

Deputies say the reporting person advised that Nelson had shot the 68-year-old woman and then fled the scene in a white Jeep Cherokee.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says he led officers from several agencies on a chase through Carson City, Dayton and then Fallon. It came to an end at the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Churchill County. There, troopers say Nelson shot at officers and officers shot back. He died on scene.

No officers were hurt in the shootout, which is being investigated by Reno police. Four Carson City sheriff's deputies and three Nevada state troopers were placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of that probe.

Authorities say Nelson was paroled from an Arizona prison on sex assault crimes on June 2nd with a malfunctioning tracking device. (He'd been incarcerated there since 2007.)

Detectives say they found a white Nissan Frontier truck with Arizona license plate AYE 9128 - and believe he drove it into the garage of the Leo Bingo Court home - although he is not the truck's registered owner. Authorities say police in Tucson were notified and detectives there conducted a homicide investigation at the address of the truck's registered owner. They say they responded to the registered address and found 32-year-old Quincy Gangwer dead inside the home. They say they found signs of trauma on his body indicative of a homicide. He was last seen alive on June 9th and was the home's sole resident.

Washoe County Detectives say they have also learned that the Nissan truck Nelson was using last seen at the Washoe Lake State Park campground on June 12 & 13. If you have any information on this vehicle, call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or text your tip to 847411 or go online to www.secretwitness.com.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing, and at this time, detectives have not established a motive for the killings, nor have they established any connection between Nelson and the victims.

Deputies say families of the victims’ have asked authorities not to release any names.

When the preliminary investigation is complete it will be submitted to the Churchill County District Attorney’s Office for an initial determination as to whether the officer-involved shooting was justified under Nevada Law.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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