Carson City man jailed after apartment is shot | NevadaAppeal.com

Carson City man jailed after apartment is shot

Nick Coltrain
ncoltrain@nevadaappeal.com

Carson City sheriff’s deputies arrested one person Sunday night on a felony charge of discharging a firearm into a structure after apartments near Woodside and Desatoya drives were shot.

According to the arrest report, multiple people called dispatch at 11 p.m., reporting that about 10 gunshots were heard in that area. Two SUVs were reported leaving the scene.

A deputy saw an SUV speed pass him near the scene of the reported shooting and pursued the vehicle.

Deputy Quan M. Tran, the arresting officer, reported that the driver, Salvador Maldonado, 30, of Carson City, parked “abruptly” in a carport near Menlo Drive and Airport Road.

Tran wrote in the arrest report that he temporarily lost sight of Maldonado as he exited his SUV and walked around the neighboring vehicle. According to the report, Tran had Maldonado at gunpoint when Tran asked where Maldonado was coming from; the suspect replied that he was coming from a home near the reported shooting.

Tran reported that Maldonado was refusing to put his face down on the ground – he was ordered to do so for officer safety, Tran wrote – and was arrested on charges of obstructing and delaying an officer while other deputies searched the car Maldonado was reportedly driving.

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During a search of the vehicle and nearby, Tran reported that drug paraphernalia was found inside the SUV and that a semiautomatic Glock 9 ehicle that Maldonado reportedly walked past.

“I believed that when Maldonado walked around to (the vehicle) after exiting the (SUV), he tossed this 9 mm Glock on the ground hoping I didn’t see him do it,” Tran wrote in the arrest report.

Tran wrote that Maldonado smelled of alcohol but refused to submit to a field sobriety test.

At least seven 9 mm shell casings where found near the area of the reported shooting and four or five bullet holes were found in an apartment building nearby, with one bullet retrieved from an occupied apartment, according to the arrest report.

Video footage of a nearby shop also showed a man wearing similar clothing to Maldonado and shooting a gun in the area, according to the arrest report.

Maldonado reportedly invoked his Miranda rights and refused to speak with deputies, including one member of the tri-county gang unit.

Maldonado was booked on suspicion of first-offense driving under the influence, resisting arrest, obstructing and delaying a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and discharging a firearm within the city – all misdemeanors – along with the felony.

His bail was $23,050.

No injuries were reported.