ELKO – A 15-year-old male was shot to death Sunday evening in West Wendover, and his 21-year-old brother was taken to Elko County Jail.
Lt. Don Lininger of the West Wendover Police Department said officers were called shortly after 7 p.m. to a home on the 800 block of Ash Street on a report of a juvenile with a gunshot wound.
They found the juvenile with a wound to his torso. Officers and medical personnel rendered aid, however, the juvenile succumbed to his injuries on scene. Lininger said the victim’s body will be examined Tuesday at the medical examiner’s office in Washoe County.
The two juveniles were in a back bedroom of the home and other family members were in the residence at the time of the shooting, said Lininger.
He said officers were initially told that Ivan Lopez had accidentally shot his brother. As emergency crews responded Ivan left the scene. Family members and officers then had contact with Ivan over the phone, and he returned to the scene a short while later and turned himself in to authorities.
Ivan Lopez was booked in the Elko County Jail shortly after 10 p.m. on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is still being held while the West Wendover Police Department along with the Elko County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the scene of the crime, gather the shooter’s statements, and any other information from the family about incidents earlier that day leading up to the shooting.
Police will also determine the registered owner of the firearm.
Both departments are working closely with the Elko District Attorney’s Office on this case to determine if further charges will be warranted, Lininger added.
Family members who were present in the residence are cooperating with officers, he said.