Reno Police posted edited footage Sunday of an incident in which Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies aimed to subdue a suspect with a Taser arrow because the man allegedly did not comply with the deputy’s orders, said Reno Deputy Chief of Police, Tom Robinson.
Reno police tried to help lawmakers get the suspects into custody, Robinson said.
“At one point, while an MP was giving verbal commands to the suspect, the suspect went towards the MPs,” Robinson said.
The deputy shot his Taser and the suspect was missing. Instead, Taser hit the knee of a Reno police officer, who once fired his firearm, hitting the suspect in the shoulder.
Reno police did not explain how they determined the officer dropped his weapon unintentionally. The department did not release the name of the officer or suspect.
The shootings will be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency, police said.
“In the coming months, the Reno Police Department of Internal Affairs will review all relevant information from this case and make a determination as to whether officer tactics, drawing and using a deadly weapon, and use of force are within policy. and the standardized procedures of the Reno Police Department, “said Travis Warren, Reno Police Department Public Information Officer.
In the video, police say the incident will be investigated to determine if officers followed the protocol.
Authorities said images of essential parts of the incident were obscured, “or because of the placement of [the officers̵7; cameras] or because the camera was inadvertently obstructed by the devices. “
Reno Police said the incident, which took place on the morning of July 26, began when Reno police officers responded to a request for help from a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robinson said in a video statement accompanying body camera footage. .
When Reno police arrived, they found deputies pointing Tasers at the suspect, Robinson said.
Officers in the body camera video can be heard saying to the suspects, “Can you get down on your knees please, let’s talk about this, let’s understand this.”
The suspect can be heard in the video saying, “I will run, I’m sorry.” He then walks towards the officers and says, “Here are my things,” as he places a number of objects on the ground, including clothing items and what appear to be a handbag.
In the video, at least four officers can be seen pointing Tasers at the suspect. This is when a Washoe County MP moved around the suspect, completely surrounding him.
The deputy shot his Taser, but lost and one of the arrows Taser hit a Reno police officer in the knee, “causing him to inadvertently fire his firearm once, hitting the suspect in the right shoulder,” according to Robinson.
After a while, the suspect can be seen sitting on the ground and bleeding, saying, “My shoulder, my shoulder.”
A Reno police officer can be heard asking, “Who was it?” Another responds, “I think it’s me. I shot Taser and I thought … f ** k.”
Joseph Giacalone, a detective sergeant at the New York Police Department and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, told CNN after reviewing footage that he saw two key issues: the officers’ risk of putting a situation at a crossroads and lack of supervision by a sergeant.
“There has to be a supervisor to show up and take responsibility for the scene,” he said. “This is an important aspect of it, I’ve seen it happen elsewhere. If you look at Minneapolis, the incident with George Floyd, there were no supervisors on stage. … If we have a better oversight for some from these things we can prevent accidents or other problems “.
“Having a supervisor or a sergeant on stage will give Reno officers more direction,” so you do not have five or six armed police or Tasers out, “Giacalone said. “You would have one or two of them who would be the person who would use a Taser or use the weapon if needed. That would ease a situation like this.”
According to Reno police, the suspect was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury and has since been released. He was also given a quote for reckless driving, obstruction and resistance by an officer from the Sparks police department – the department that handled the investigation into the incident, according to Robinson said.
The officer who fired his gun was also taken to a hospital to remove the Taser probe from his knee, Robinson said.