RENO, Nev. — Police say a Nevada sheriff’s deputy was hit in the head with his radio and used his stun gun to try to subdue a 35-year-old man who he then shot and killed during a struggle in a Reno-area community.

Reno police said Monday the Washoe County sheriff’s deputy shot Cory Stephens when Stephens opened the driver’s door and appeared to reach toward a loaded shotgun in the patrol vehicle.

The fatal struggle developed after the deputy and an ambulance were called to investigate a Friday morning report of a person unconscious in a vehicle in Spanish Springs.

Paramedics checked and cleared Stephens before the fight developed as the deputy tried to detain him to check if he was sought on outstanding warrants.

The deputy’s name has not been made public. He’s on paid leave while authorities investigate.

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