(AP) — The district attorney in Reno has cleared a veteran Washoe County sheriff's deputy in the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old California man during an undercover drug operation in November 2014.
Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said Friday the deputy, Jason Wood, acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Robert William Hampton III after being struck by Hampton's vehicle during a traffic stop near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Hicks ruled the killing was justified under Nevada law.
The district attorney says witness accounts, audio and video backed Wood's account that he tried to open the vehicle door to reach Hampton before Hampton backed up, steered the car toward Wood and hit him in the leg.
Hicks says Wood shot three times, fatally wounding Hampton, who crashed the vehicle.