SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The man shot and killed by Sparks police over the weekend has been identified as 43-year-old Johnny Bonta of Sparks.
Washoe County sheriff’s deputies handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting released his name on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office says Sparks police responded to a disturbance at an apartment building on the edge of Reno at about 4 a.m. Sunday and were able to safely remove a mother and a teenager daughter from the residence.
Investigators say Bonta then exited the front of the apartment with a shotgun. They say he refused repeated commands to put the weapon down and ultimately was shot by three officers.
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The officers tried unsuccessfully to revive him and medical responders declared him dead at the scene.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office (775-328-3320) or Secret Witness (775-322-4900).