Florida felon Devin Peterson, who was found with 109 pounds of marijuana after being stopped by an officer, stole a cop cruiser and committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
Peterson, 22, was stopped with a group of three other suspected drug traffickers — Christian Magliano, 23, Manuel Rodriguez, 29, and Mollie Bass, 29. A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper stopped all four individuals, who were reportedly transporting $495,000 of pot in a 2013 Ford Explorer.
Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen stated that the trooper first pulled over the suspects five miles east of Reno at 3:55 p.m. Monday. All four of them were under watch by the trooper as another officer searched the vehicle, which was rented from Florida. That officer soon came across several packages that contained lots of marijuana.
Peterson ended up fleeing from the traffic stop once the searching officer returned. He then stole a trooper’s vehicle and proceeded to steal a shotgun from the same vehicle and lead cops on a car chase on Interstate 80.
Allen spoke to The Associated Press about Peterson’s evasion from getting arrested:
The young kid decided to make a run for it, and he did and he was able to get away before we could get bracelets on them.
Peterson ended up stealing another car after using his shotgun to carjack an unidentified person.
The chase came to an end when Peterson shot himself in the chest with the officer’s shotgun near Fernley.
Unofficially, it is self-inflicted. There is only one shot. A shotgun is pretty effective. The only shooting that took place in Lyon County was the suspect that shot himself in the chest. There was no law enforcement shooting at that scene.
Peterson’s felon status stems from his time in Jacksonville, where he was on three years of probation for carrying a concealed weapon in April 2011.
The other three suspects also hail from Jacksonville are now being held on several drug charges in the Washoe County Jail for $150,000 bail each.
Magliano, Rodriguez and Bass appeared before a Sparks Justice Court judge via a video hookup on Thursday. The legal proceedings have been pushed into next week because the district attorney’s office has not yet filed their criminal complaints. All three of them were booked on suspicion of selling a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy to violate a uniform controlled substance act.
A fourth count, trafficking marijuana, was also added on Thursday. Video footage of each suspect’s appearance in court can be seen above.