Reno man claims self-defense in fatal shooting

RENO (AP) - Police say a Reno homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old man who tried to rob him.

Police say the suspect was in a large pickup with at least three other people that pulled up in front of the 32-year-old man's home in northwest Reno about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When the homeowner approached the truck, the would-be-robber produced a gun and demanded his property. Police say the homeowner pulled out a .9 millimeter gun and shot the suspect several times.

The truck sped off but a half hour later, the wounded suspect was dropped at Renown Regional Medical Center, where he died.

The case remains under investigation. Lt. Mohammad Rafaqat said police discourage dangerous confrontations. He asks residents to be "good witnesses" and immediately report suspicious activity to police.


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