- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Police have identified the armed robber who was fatally shot inside a downtown Reno casino last week as a 24-year-old Las Vegas man who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Utah and a car-jacking in California.

Sparks detectives leading an investigation into the officer-involved shooting identified the victim Monday as Steven Valenzuela.

Investigators say he was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in St. George, Utah and an armed car-jacking in Los Angeles County.

A Reno police officer opened fire Thursday afternoon after Valenzuela allegedly robbed someone and fled into the Eldorado hotel-casino with a handgun. Police say he ignored numerous verbal commands to drop the gun.

Sparks police are continuing their investigation as authorities search for two men who may have been with Valenzuela at the time, including 23-year-old Joseph Quinones of Washoe County.

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