ELKO — The Elko County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the armed man who was killed by an Elko police officer Sunday morning.
The man is Tabanico Pirtle, 24, of Elko. Undersheriff Clair Morris said next of kin has been notified.
The Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division and forensic investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division arrived Sunday and continue to process the scene.
“The following information is a summary provided to the Elko Police Department by the DPS team,” Police Chief Ben Reed said in a statement issued Monday.
Pirtle was involved in a domestic dispute Sunday at Third and Juniper streets. The dispute was reported to dispatch, and the officer was on scene within three minutes of the call.
When the officer arrived, he found Pirtle and a woman struggling over a rifle, according to the statement. A second woman was on the ground nearby.
Pirtle gained control of the rifle just as the officer exited his patrol vehicle on Third Street. The officer reportedly yelled several times for Pirtle to drop the weapon.
Pirtle ignored the officer’s demands as he turned away from the women and began to walk south in the side yard of the residence, according to the statement.
After taking a few steps, Pirtle reportedly began to turn back toward the officer, simultaneously raising the rifle.
Fearing for the safety of both women, as well as his own safety, the officer fired several shots, according to the statement. Pirtle was struck by bullets in the right arm, right shoulder, lower back and lower abdomen.
The officer immediately secured the rifle, which was loaded. The officer began providing first aid to Pirtle just as additional officers arrived on scene.
Officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived. Pirtle was transported to the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital. He died of his injuries later that day.
No other officers were involved in the shooting. The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Elko Police Department is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.