Douglas County: Missing deputy found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot |

Douglas County: Missing deputy found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot

Branden Berry

The Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy last seen headed to work on Wednesday was found dead from an apparent suicide this afternoon.

“It is with great sadness that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department must report that the body of Deputy Branden Berry was located this afternoon at 3:40 p.m.,” said Sgt. Tom Mezzetta in a press release. “Deputy Berry was discovered deceased, seated in his vehicle, which was parked behind a shopping center in northern Douglas County. “

Mezzetta said a preliminary investigation indicates that Berry died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Officials became worried when the new recruit failed to show up for his second day on the job.

Mezzetta said Berry, 22, started work at the department on Tuesday. He was assigned to the jail, where all new deputies start.

The next day, he left the home he shares with his mother in Carson City around 6:15 a.m. to drive to work, but never showed up. No one had seen or heard from him since.

“He just vanished,” Mezzetta said earlier Thursday.

Authorities said Berry was believed to be wearing his uniform when he left his home, and it doesn’t appear he took any other personal possessions that morning, other than his law enforcement equipment.

Mezzetta said Berry seemed excited about his new career.

“After he was sworn in, he was taken around,” Mezzetta said earlier in the day. “He was very positive and upbeat about starting work here with the sheriff’s office.”

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