Valencia carjacking suspect killed in “officer involved” shooting in Reno


A carjacking suspect sought by local sheriff’s deputies was shot and killed by officers in Reno.

Steven Valenzuela, 24, of Las Vegas, was killed Feb. 23 in a Reno Police Department officer-involved shooting, according to both the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Reno Police Department.

On the day of the fatal shooting, Reno Police Officers tried to stop three subjects suspected in a robbery, according to a news release issued by the Reno Police Department.

They then chased one of the suspects on foot which led into the Eldorado Casino, 345 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV.

During the foot pursuit, Reno Police Officers saw the suspect was in possession of a firearm.

A Reno Police Officer located the suspect in an elevator of the casino.

“The suspect was armed with a handgun and displayed this to the officer,” the news release reads. “The Reno Police Officer gave numerous verbal commands to the suspect.

“The suspect did not comply with the commands and was advancing towards the officer still armed with the handgun.

“The Reno Police Officer fired at the suspect, ultimately striking the suspect,” the news release reads.

“Officers rendered aid and REMSA and the Reno Fire Department responded, however, the suspect pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives determined Valenzuela was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in St. George, Utah and with a carjacking with a firearm in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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