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Suspect Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting Identified

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The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has identified 42-year-old Royal Shawn Bingaman, from Idaho, as the armed robbery suspect who was killed in a shootout with Reno police Sunday night.

Authorities say Bingaman had been living in a Reno motel, and was wanted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for previous narcotics offenses.

Just after 5 p.m. Sunday evening, investigators say Bingaman shot a customer during an armed robbery attempt at the CVS pharmacy at Shopper's Square on Plumb Lane.

The victim of that shooting was transported to the hospital and has not been identified.

The suspect fled the scene in a truck and Reno police say a witness flagged them down on Mt. Rose Street to point them toward the vehicle.

A vehicle pursuit followed and briefly stopped at a cul-de-sac in the area of Topaz Dr. and Wrondel Way, where the suspect had left his vehicle.

Police say when they approached on-foot, Bingaman returned to his truck and drove toward officers.

They fired several rounds at the suspect's truck, but he continued to elude officers.

Officers say Bingaman continued to drive recklessly, ignoring traffic signals, through neighborhoods near Hubbard Way.

The chase came to an end on S. Virginia St., in front of the Peppermill Casino, where the suspect slowed down and exited his still-moving vehicle.

Police say Bingaman continued toward the casino doors while holding a handgun, and officers opened fire after determining him an "imminent threat to public safety."

Officers attempted to perform life-saving measures until he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are now attempting to locate the witness who flagged down officers near Mt. Rose Street and South Virginia in order to obtain additional information. The witness is described as a black male adult driving a gold-colored sedan. Anyone with information about the witness, or this incident, is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

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