- Associated Press - Thursday, May 25, 2017

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - A 65-year-old man who was shot and killed this week inside his home in rural Pahrump had a gun when two deputies serving a search warrant forced open the door of his home, a Nevada sheriff said Thursday.

It wasn’t clear whether Michael Anthony Bonini fired the weapon or if he or Nye County sheriff’s deputies Eric Anderson and Aaron Williamson shot first in the confrontation about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Sharon Wehrly told reporters.

“To my knowledge, that hasn’t been determined,” she said.

Bonini didn’t immediately open the door when the deputies announced they were serving a warrant that Wehrly said was part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Bonini had also faced arrest, Wehrly said.

The sheriff didn’t say how many shots were fired, how many times Bonini was wounded or what type of weapon he had. She said the patrol deputies had handguns and retreated after the initial gunfire.

Bonini was found dead inside after more officers arrived and entered the home, Wehrly said.

The shooting investigation was turned over to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, and Wehrly said the Nye County district attorney would receive the results.

Anderson, 29, a sheriff’s deputy since December 2014, and Williamson, 34, a deputy since last November, were placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Wehrly said.

Pahrump is 60 miles west of Las Vegas. Wehrly said the last shooting involving Nye County deputies was in 2012. The last fatal shooting involving the county sheriff’s office was in 2010.

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