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Truckee police: Two arrested after shooting man with pellet gun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested last week on suspicion of shooting someone with a pellet gun above downtown Truckee.

Truckee Police responded to the incident at about 5 p.m. last Thursday after 19-year-old Kyle Winther, of Truckee, was shot near the corner of Jiboom and Bridge streets, said Sgt. Robert Womack.

Winther had taken himself to Tahoe Forest Hospital, but was later transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno when it was determined the pellet entered his chest and lodged near his heart, according to police.

Winther was since been released from the hospital, Womack said Tuesday.

“At this moment, the facts we have are that it’s random,” he said when asked about the incident.

The next day, officers conducted several interviews, and arrested Kyle Joseph Mello, 18, at a residence on the 12000 block of Poppy Lane in Truckee. A 17-year-old male juvenile also was arrested.

Officers believe the two were on the hillside overlooking downtown at an apartment complex, Womack said, and shot Winther after he exited a downtown business.

Police also believe Mello and the juvenile broke into three houses in the Tahoe Donner subdivision and stole alcohol and the pellet gun used in the incident.

Mello was booked at Nevada County Jail in Nevada City on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, burglary, criminal conspiracy and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $50,000. The juvenile was booked on similar charges.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Apr 29, 2014 05:55PM Published Apr 30, 2014 09:27AM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.