Shooting victim found dead in street |

Shooting victim found dead in street

Investigators work a shooting scene on Manhattan Way this morning in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Gardnerville, Nev. — A man suspected in a Gardnerville Ranchos shooting is accused of killing his mother.

Michelle Kozlowski, 50, was identified as the victim in a shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of Manhattan Way early Tuesday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of domestic violence with shots fired at about 1:24 a.m.

When they arrived they found Kozlowski dead in the street.

Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks said deputies confronted Jarek Kozlowski, 27, who fired at them. Deputies returned fire, hitting Jarek. He ran from the home over the back fence, but was found a short time later and taken for medical treatment. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Brooks said the shooting occurred during a fight when Jarek allegedly threatened his mother with a handgun.

His younger brother tried to calm Jarek down, having him step outside. While outside the two brothers became involved in a struggle, and Jarek allegedly grabbed the gun and aimed it at his brother, who ran away from the home.

Michelle Kozlowski then confronted Jarek, which is when she was shot.

Mrs. Kozlowski was involved in a lawsuit against Douglas County over the 2009 arrest of her husband for driving under the influence.

The Kozlowskis claimed that Steven Kozlowski was abused during the arrest and that he’d suffered head trauma during an earlier prison sentence. He was placed on probation in 2013 and ordered not to drive.

On April 19, Steven Kozlowski was again arrested, this time after hitting a fence near Joette Drive. Both Michelle and her son Joseph responded to the scene of the accident and allegedly obstructed deputies trying to conduct an investigation. Steven Kozlowski agreed to plead guilty to the subsequent DUI charge and was sentenced to 2-7 years in prison.

Michelle Kozlowski made several appearances during public comment before the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, including in May, arguing that her husband’s head injury required special accommodations. In July, she told commissioners that the Veterans Administration doesn’t help veterans who acquire criminal charges. Steven Kozlowski is a veteran.

This is the third domestic violence related shooting this year.

Six deputies involved in a shooting on Monument Peak have been cleared for duty.