Funeral service for fallen Carson City deputy draws thousands
A procession for fallen deputy Deputy Carl Howell has arrived at the Reno Events Center, 400 North Center St. The public is invited.
The funeral for will include a multi-agency processional from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to the Reno Events Center before the service today. Howell was killed Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The processional began at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, 911 E. Musser St. at 9:30 a.m., and passed the Capitol before continuing onto Reno from North Carson Street.
Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil said about 20 of his deputies joined Carson City with the processional. There are also officers in the processional from Fallon and Douglas County.
The shooting happened Saturday when a male suspect, 30-year-old Jonathon Pope, fired a gun at officers and hit Howell multiple times. Howell returned fire, killing Pope on scene. The deputy was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
It hasn’t been determined whether Pope fired from inside the house or not, investigators said. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said Howell was wearing a bulletproof vest, as protocol for all officers. Furlong said all vests worn by the officers are replaced regularly and the department monitors their quality. An autopsy was performed Tuesday and results were expected next week, however the investigation into the shooting by the Reno Police Department could take six months to a year to complete.
Pope had a previous police record in which he was a suspect in a harassment report as recently as July 7, 2015. He also was a suspect in a child abuse report on July 1, 2014, and was arrested for suspicion of possession of a firearm while intoxicated on Dec. 20, 2013, according a Freedom Of Information Act request from the Nevada Appeal to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
Motorists can expect delays on northbound I-580 between Carson City and Reno with all northbound ramps being closed as the procession passes.
The same will occur at I-80 West heading into Reno, with traffic being stopped between Rock Boulevard and I-580 for the processional to make its way to Center Street West ramp.
The ramp closures are expected to be short, however, officials advise travelers to use surface streets or alternate routes.
There’s also a large amount of traffic expected around the Events Center and officials are encouraging the public to use available downtown parking.
Because several hundred people are expected to be attending, parking around the Events Center is going to be limited at the National Bowling Stadium. Officials said the general public should use surrounding parking garages in the area.
In Reno, there also will be numerous street closures around the downtown area beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday including: N. Virginia Street from 6th to 4th streets, Virginia Street south of the intersection from 4th to 2nd streets, 5th Street, Plaza, and Commercial east of Virginia to Center streets.
Center Street in Reno will remain open with the exception of the northbound lane on the east side of the street, and 4th Street in Reno will remain open for citizens to travel west and east.
Howell started with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office on March 13, 2006. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was assigned with the CCSO to Court Services. He was on temporary assignment to Operations Patrol Division.
Howell, a Lyon County resident, is survived by his wife, Rachel, and their four children ages 7-12.
Multiple organizations are collecting donations to support Howell’s family. To donate to the Lyon County’s GoFundMe visit http://www.gofundme.com/e6232gyw.
The Carson City Deputy Sheriff’s Association has also set up a donation account at the Heritage Bank of Nevada, called the Carl Howell Memorial Fund, account number 2000012522.