Reno police ruled that a late-night April shooting was justified after learning that the so-called “victim” (the dead guy) tried to sexually assault two women before being shot. Initially, cops had arrested the shooter, claiming that she had been drinking. Further investigation determined her actions justified.
Josue Oconitrillo, 29, displayed poor victim selection instincts when he approached two women who were walking at 1:00am. He probably thought that one or both of the women would provide some companionship.
Skipping the courtship process, he tried to progress directly to romance. The subject of his affections aggressively rebuffed his advances. Soon, the friend got involved, trying to fight him off as well.
Finally, the friend – who is licensed to carry a firearm – drew a pistol and issued a final warning to Mr. Oconitrillo. Nobody will ever know what Mr. O. was thinking at that point, but he continued to unlawfully chase the object of his affections. And at that point, the second woman shot him.
Oconitrillo lingered for seven days before finally expiring from his wounds. And now, police have ruled the homicide justified.
After a woman shot and killed a man that was sexually assaulting her and a friend on the Sierra Street bridge on April 20, the Reno Police Department has determined she was justified in her actions.
Reno investigators determined that in the early-morning hours of Saturday, April 20, 29-year-old Josue Oconitrillo approached two women walking across the Sierra Street bridge and attempted to sexually assault one of the women.
The women fought back and one of them drew a firearm, demanding he stop the attack.
Oconitrillo continued the assault and the woman shot him in the upper torso.
This case has plenty of useful personal defense lessons. First of all, have a gun. Without a gun, these two women might not have been able to fight off Mr. Oconitrillo’s advances.
Second, public intoxication tends to serve as a magnet for trouble. Remain (mostly) sober unless in the company of one or more trusted sober friends.
Third, don’t become intoxicated or even “buzzed” if you’re going to carry. In some states, carrying while intoxicated is a felony. And shooting someone after you’ve been drinking makes you chum for anti-gun prosecutors looking to score political points. At best it muddies the waters in the aftermath and investigation.
Finally, Reno police are nothing like the Reno 911 TV show.