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July 11, 2013
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Shooting suspect arrested after TRE manhunt

A 44-year-old suspect in a Topaz Ranch Estates shooting was arrested Friday afternoon, about 24 hours after he was accused of peppering the victim in the in the shoulder with birdshot.

Sheriff Ron Pierini said Gary “Buck” Wilson was taken into custody without incident about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Pierini said he anticipated Wilson would be charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, and could face other charges.

The sheriff said he expected Wilson’s bail would be between $100,000 and $500,000, depending on the charges.

The suspect is to be arraigned Monday in East Fork Justice Court.

On Thursday, Wilson reportedly fired a shotgun at the victim, who was treated and released for a superficial shoulder wound. The shooting took place at 2:15 p.m. in a residence in TRE.

Authorities believed that Wilson was holed up with a friend or relative in TRE who knew he was wanted.

Wilson is employed by for the TRE General Improvement District.

The sheriff’s office issued an alert Thursday that Wilson should be considered armed and dangerous, and advised residents to secure their homes.

At the height of the search Thursday, the sheriff’s office had enlisted the services of Washoe County’s RAVEN helicopter, which searched the hills above Topaz Ranch estates.

More than a dozen deputies and investigators were on scene Thursday with two canine officers.

Earlier Friday, Undersheriff Paul Howell said Wilson’s best course of action would be to turn himself in.

“The sooner he turns himself in to answer for what he did, the better,” Howell said. “It’s only going to get worse. It’s in Mr. Wilson’s best interest to self-surrender.”

When Wilson fled the scene Thursday, he was wearing jeans and no shirt.


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