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PTSD soldier's wife begged for help before police shot him

Victim's family speaks out about officer-involved shooting
Reported by: Madison Corney
July 13, 2013

Reno, NV

The family of Kenny Stafford is speaking out after he was shot and killed by police after walking through a neighborhood with a gun on July 11, 2013.

Officials with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office have not yet released the name of the armed man who was shot and killed by officers on Thursday, however the victim's family reached out to News 4 to tell their story.

Kenny Stafford, 27, was an active military member who grew up in the Reno area. Stafford was stationed in Washington State, but he was in town to visit family and friends and attend a memorial for a young man he considered a brother. That young man was Ryan Connelly. Connelly, 17, was shot and killed on July 7, 2012 while walking home from the store, his murder is still unsolved.

A year and four days later, July 11, 2013 Stafford left the apartment he had been staying at in Reno, with a gun.

His wife Aimee called 911, she says, "I was just trying to get him some help, I pleaded with them not to hurt him, because he was sick and then they took him."

Stafford's wife described her 911 call, "He's sick, He needs help. Please don't hurt him. Please don't kill him. Please take him somewhere where he can get some help."
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