RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police say they shot to death a man who tried to run over an officer as he attempted to drive into a crowded chicken wing festival, KNRV TV reported.
Authorities say that a silver mini-van tried to get past a barricade in front of the annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest on Sunday afternoon and then swerved toward a police officer who was on foot.
Washoe County sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon tells the TV station (http://nbcnews.to/29fMOmF ) that the officer shot the man after it crashed into a vendor.
Police say the suspect, who they have not identified, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
No officers or bystanders were injured.
Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing officers try to cut the van off.
The Reno Gazette Journal newspaper reports that witness Steven Parks, a vendor for Jax Kettle Korn, said he saw several police officers on foot attempted to cut off the vehicle so they could shoot into the passenger side of the van. Parks said he then heard multiple gunshots.
“You see these things in the movies, and know to get down,” Parks told the Gazette Journal (http://on.rgj.com/29jAyBQ).
Wing Fest, an annual chicken wings cook-off, is a three-day event that features 25 wing cookers, a free concert and draws 80,000 people.