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Police kill man suspected of shooting woman

A Carson City sheriff’s deputy Thursday night killed a gunman who reportedly fired an assault rifle and pistol at police after fleeing the scene of shooting of a woman earlier.

The woman, identified as Prisca Watson, 44, a Nevada Appeal newspaper carrier and Long’s drug store employee, was shot several times by her live-in boyfriend possibly with an AK-47.

The shots were fried in the garage of her home in the 1400 block of Stanford Drive shortly after 5 p.m.

According to Washoe Medical Center, Watson was listed in critical condition late Thursday.

Witnesses said the 31-year-old gunman, whose name was not released immediately, fled the area on foot. A short time later, he was spotted by deputies on Lepire Hill near Edmonds Drive in East Carson City.

Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Burau said deputies came within 100 yards of the man when he raised his weapons, a handgun and rifle and opened fire. Burau said he did not know if the gunman fired with both weapons or how many shots were fired on either side.

A sheriff’s sergeant, described as a department veteran, fired back with a patrol rifle and wounded the gunman multiple times, Burau said.

No deputies were injured in the shootout.

Paramedics took the wounded man to Carson-Tahoe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 p.m.

Neighbor Alan Shapiro, whose home is next door to the initial shooting scene, said he heard the two volleys of shots in rapid succession.

“I knew what it was and I knew something bad came down,” he said.

After the shots were fired, Shapiro said he saw the gunman wearing all black and walking away from the home.

Another unidentified neighbor was shocked by the man’s demeanor.

“He just walked out of there all cool like nothing happened and sauntered up the street,” he said.

Friends of the wounded woman’s 12-year-old daughter said the little girl came running out of the garage yelling for help.

“She was screaming,’Call 911, my mommy’s dying!'” said a neighbor girl who said she is the daughter’s best friend.

“There was blood everywhere,” the tearful little girl said, shivering the October chill. “Her mom was just covered in blood.”

Ray Estrada

City Editor

Nevada Appeal

(775) 881-1215

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