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Shots fired between suspect, Nye County deputies after door forced open

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Posted at 10:54 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:54:43-04

More details into a shooting involving Nye County Sheriff's deputies were released Thursday.

The incident started around 2 a.m. Tuesday when detectives and deputies executed a search warrant for controlled substances at a residence in Pahrump. Police said deputies knocked and announced, and the subject of the warrant failed to answer the door.

Nye County Deputies forced the door open where the subject of the warrant met the officers at the door with a firearm, shots were fired, and the officers retreated to a position of cover, never entering the residence.

A second entry was assembled upon the arrival of additional officers, immediate entry was made to provide the subject with medical intervention and secure the scene. The subject of the warrant was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased suspect has been identified as 65-year-old Michael Anthony Bonini of Pahrump.

Two Nye County Sheriff's Office Deputies fired their weapons during the incident, Deputy Eric Anderson and Deputy Aaron Williamson. Anderson is 29 years old and has been with the Sheriff's Office since December of 2014. Williamson is 34 and has been with the Sheriff’s Office since November of 2016.

Both are currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and review of this incident. This is a customary practice for officer involved shootings.

This investigation has been turned over to the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division to ensure transparency.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division will provide the Nye County Sheriff's office and the Nye County District Attorney’s Office with their conclusions and recommendations. At that time the District Attorney will review the case in its entirety and make a decision or submit it to the Attorney General for his review and decision.