- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A suspect in the deaths of two people near Reno died after exchanging gunfire with law officers following a high-speed chase, authorities said.

Officers were called to a home Friday night in New Washoe City on a call of shots fired, and discovered the bodies of the suspect’s wife and another female inside, Washoe County sheriff’s deputies said.

Officers determined a vehicle was stolen from the residence located about 15 miles south of Reno, and the chase began a little more than an hour later after it was spotted in nearby Carson City.

The suspect drove about 90 miles east on U.S. Highway 50 to the Sand Mountain Recreation Area at speeds of up to nearly 100 mph, authorities said.

No officers were hurt in the exchange of gunfire in Churchill County that killed the suspect.

Deputies, in a statement issued Saturday evening, said they found one female victim near the front door of the home and the other inside the home. The latter appears to have suffered from trauma to her body with no apparent gunshot wounds, investigators said.

A man who called authorities to report the suspect had shot his wife and fled the scene in a stolen Jeep Cherokee also was shot. He was taken to a Reno hospital with non-life threatening wounds.

The names of the suspect and victims, as well as all of their relationships, were not immediately disclosed.

Detectives are awaiting an autopsy and formal identification of the suspect to confirm whether he’s tied to the two deaths. But investigators said there are no outstanding suspects in the case at this time.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said he was convinced the suspect was not familiar with Sand Mountain Recreation Area. The area’s sand dunes, located 85 miles east of Reno, are popular among off-highway vehicle users.

“When he entered the Sand Mountain Recreation Area, it was pretty clear he wasn’t coming out,” Furlong told KOLO-TV. “The terrain is just too difficult.”

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