A shooting by officers of the Reno police force last May continues to receive attention in local Washoe County Media. On May 18, 41-year old Jace Herndon who was unarmed, was shot when fleeing police in foot after he was stopped driving a stolen car. After being pulled over by Reno police, Mr. Herndon ran from Wingfield Park in Reno to Court and Arlington St., .2 miles away, where he was shot dead. Mr. Herndon’s widow, Jessica Adair-Herndon, has expressed dismay that neither the Reno PD’s internal affairs department nor the medical examiner have released reports on the Washoe County wrongful death. The officers involved in the incident were back on the street in late May
Ms. Adair-Herndon does not dispute that her husband should have been arrested for driving the stolen vehicle. In fact, Mr. Herndon has previously been convicted of four felonies. In addition to the felony convictions Mr. Herndon’s record also includes convictions for six misdemeanors and three gross misdemeanors. One of the convictions was for illegal possession of an unlicensed AK47 machine gun. Witnesses accounts to the possible Reno wrongful death shooting have varied, with some saying there were four shots, others saying there were 7.
There were two other individuals in the car with Mr. Herndon, and both were arrested during the incident. Both were released from jail in late May.
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