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Nephew of Reno Sparks chairman shot by officer

Kyle Melendez, the nephew of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman Arlan Melendez, was shot and killed by a tribal officer after he tried to rob a smokeshop on the reservation, police said.

Kyle Melendez, 26, was shot when he threatened an officer with a large knife, police said. The incident is under investigation by the FBI.

The tribe is offering counseling and traditional healing ceremonies to help those affected.

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Man threatened officer, police say (The Reno Gazette-Journal 3/18)
Smoke shop robbery turn deadly (The Native American Times 3/17)