Suspect Raymond Salaiz Hits And Drags Reno Officers With Car, One Suspect Escapes

Raymond Salaiz Was shot by the Reno PD officers that he hit with his car.

Raymond Salaiz Was shot by the Reno PD officers that he hit with his car.

Raymond Salaiz Shot After Hitting Officers With Car

Reno, Nevada – Two officers in Reno survived being rammed by a vehicle just days before Christmas, thanks to their quick actions.

On December 5th, 2016 two guests at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks were allegedly stealing from other guests’ rooms.  When another guest confronted the man and woman, the two fled to another room on the 12th floor.  Law enforcement were called and the two then set fire to a mattress in the room and were able to escape with money and stolen goods.  The suspects were later identified as Sara Castro-Martin and Raymond Salaiz.

On December 21st, security employees at the Gold Dust West called police around 5:18 PM to report a suspicious person.  Reno police responded to the location a few minutes later.  Upon arrival, Reno officers engaged Raymond Salaiz, who reportedly gave the officers false information regarding his identity.  Salaiz then fled to his vehicle and started the engine.  Reno Officers gave him multiple commands to exit his vehicle and tried to remove the keys.

As both Reno Officers were standing near the open driver’s side door, Raymond Salaiz reversed, knocking one officer down and dragging the other for a short distance.  Both officers were knocked down but were able to discharge their weapons toward Salaiz as he fled through the Gold Dust West parking lot.  Salaiz hit another vehicle as he fled on Fifth Street and was found unresponsive.  Police performed CPR on scene in an effort to revive Alaiz.  He was transported to an area hospital, where he died on arrival.

The officers and the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Sparks police, along with Washoe County Sheriff’s Officer are investigating the shooting.

Castro-Martin is still on the run.  She is wanted for felony charges including possession of stolen property and possession of a financial forgery lab.