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Investigators confirm third victim in Washoe homicide case

by Geoff Dornan
Anthony Gustave Nelson

Washoe Sheriff’s investigators Wednesday confirmed there is a third victim in the June 13 Washoe Valley homicide.

The victim was found in the home belonging to the Tucson man who owned the vehicle abandoned at the Leo Bingo Court home in Washoe Valley. Neither his name or the names of the two female victims have been released.

But a press release did identify the man believed to be the perpetrator of the crimes. Anthony Gustave Nelson was shot to death by police after an extended high-speed chase that went through Carson City and Lyon County and ended near Sand Mountain in Churchill County. Nelson was released on probation from an Arizona prison June 2 after serving time on charges of sexual assault.

Tucson police are investigating the death of the owner of the Nissan Frontier and have described it as a homicide.

Washoe County investigators have asked anyone who can help determine where the stolen white Nissan was between Nelson’s release from prison and the Friday shooting to contact them.

One victim, a 70-year-old woman, was dead inside the home, the cause described as “sharp force injuries.” The second woman, 68, was shot to death when she and her husband approached the home to check on the resident. Her husband was wounded before the suspect fled in a white Jeep belonging to the homeowner.

After leaving the Washoe Valley home, Nelson drove through Carson City where his vehicle was seen by sheriff’s deputies. They chased him for 50 miles at high speed up U.S. 50 before finally stopping the car near Sand Mountain east of Fallon.

In the gun battle that followed, Nelson was killed. Reno Police, as an independent agency, are investigating the officer involved shooting. Washoe County is investigating the homicide.

At this point, detectives say they have no motive for the killings and haven’t yet established any connection between Nelson and the victims.