Deputy shoots, kills gun-wielding man in Gardnerville
A man killed in an officer-involved shooting at the Garden Cemetery in Gardnerville has been identified as 77-year-old East Valley resident David Pendleton.
Deputies responded to the cemetery at about 2:10 p.m. today on a report of a body lying outside of a white truck.
The first deputy onscene arrived to find Pendleton near the truck with a shotgun in his hands. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey, the deputy spoke with Pendleton in an effort to get him to put the shotgun down.
Pendleton pointed the shotgun at the deputy, and the deputy shot him, according to Halsey. Pendleton was dead before additional deputies or paramedics arrived onscene.
Investigators from the sheriff’s office and the Nevada Department of Public Safety are examining the scene of the shooting using lights.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said the deputy involved in the shooting would be on paid leave until the conclusion of criminal and internal investigations.
“We’re going to make sure all procedures were followed and the officer acted appropriately,” Pierini said.
The information will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.
He said the officer would not return to duty until he had also been cleared psychologically.
Pierini said the process could take at least one month.
The Washoe County Crime Lab responded to the incident. The name of the deputy will not released for 48 hours under sheriff’s office policy.
Pendleton was arrested last week for allegedly pointing a BB gun that looked like a realistic handgun at a Gardnerville businessman. He was scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court today.
Halsey said Pendleton has threatened to use weapons against civilians and law enforcement officers in the past.
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