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Road rage shooting victim dies
by Jill Lufrano
Nov 14, 2011 | 2953 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Jill Lufrano - Sparks Police Detective Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky speaks to the media Monday about the death of a road rage shooting victim from Fernley.
Tribune/Jill Lufrano - Sparks Police Detective Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky speaks to the media Monday about the death of a road rage shooting victim from Fernley.
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SPARKS — Devin Larry Churchill, 46, of Fernley, died of a gunshot wound to his upper torso Saturday, four days after he was involved in a road rage incident that ended at the Vista Boulevard and Interstate 80 off-ramp in Sparks. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Churchill and Kristian Rodgers, 40, both of Fernley, became involved in the incident several miles outside of Sparks. Police have yet to determine what started the incident and have not arrested Rodgers.

“This is still under investigation,” said Sparks Detective Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky. Police are still interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the behavior leading up to the stop at Vista Boulevard, she said. Both cars were swerving, boxing each other in and speeding aggressively for miles.

“This was a no-win situation,” Woyciehowsky said.

The westbound off-ramp at Vista Boulevard was closed for nearly four hours Nov. 7 following the incident.

The Sparks Police Department received calls from both drivers just after 8:50 a.m. after Churchill was shot. He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to Sparks police Detective Sgt. Aaron Leary. Rodgers was questioned and released, he said. Neither man was arrested.

“It was a mutual road rage incident,” Leary said at the time.

Both men were driving to work. One was driving a blue Toyota RAV and the other drove an early-model Mustang. Police said a photo of the Mustang taken by the driver of the Toyota showed an 18-wheel truck. Detectives are hoping to identify the driver of the truck as a witness to the event.

Vista Boulevard is the first exit drivers can take to enter Sparks if traveling westbound.

Anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the incident is asked to call the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
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