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Update: Tucson homicide suspect killed 2 in Nevada

6-18-2014 Nevada:

A suspect in a Tucson homicide was shot to death by deputies in Nevada, after he killed two women near Reno, law enforcement officials say.

The suspect, Anthony Gustave Nelson, 40, was killed June 13 in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Nevada, a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

Tucson detectives are investigating Nelson’s connection to the badly decomposed body of 32-year-old Quincy G. Gangwer, discovered Monday afternoon at a home in the 3000 block of East 30th Street near South Country Club Road.

During their investigation into the deaths of two Reno-area women, Washoe County detectives found at the scene a white Nissan Frontier pickup truck and personal property belonging to Gangwer, Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

On June 16, Washoe County sheriff’s investigators contacted the TPD and requested they conduct a welfare check on Gangwer.

Upon arriving at Gangwer’s home, they “could detect a foul odor and forced entry into the home” and found his body, Dugan said. “Detectives later found signs of trauma on the body indicative of a homicide.”

Investigators determined Gangwer was last seen alive June 9.

Gangwer and Nelson both served time in Arizona state prisons and that is where they met, Dugan said.

Gangwer was released in December after having served more than seven years for a 2005 conviction on sexual conduct with a minor, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.

Nelson was released from a Florence facility June 2, after serving a six-year sentence for a 2007 rape in Maricopa County. He is listed on the Arizona Sex Offender Website as a Level 3 — or high risk — offender and as an “absconder.”

A news report from Nevada television station KOLO said Nelson removed the GPS ankle monitor he was required to wear as a sex offender.

Though the Tucson investigation is ongoing and detectives have yet to determine whether Nelson killed Gangwer, Nevada law enforcement officials say Gangwer’s pickup truck was seen at a Washoe Lake State Park campground last Thursday and Friday.

Friday night, after Washoe County sheriff’s officials say Nelson killed two women, they found Gangwer’s truck in the garage of the home where the victims died.

Deputies were called to the home in Washoe Valley, 20 miles south of Reno, at about 7:30 p.m. in response to a shooting. A husband and wife had gone to the home of a 70-year-old friend to check on her because she was not answering her telephone, according to Washoe sheriff’s officials.

“The couple approached the home and were confronted by the suspect at the front door,” the news release stated. “The suspect (Nelson) fatally shot the female victim, exchanged gunfire with her husband and then fled the scene.”

The 68-year-old wife was shot and killed. Her husband suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The woman who lived in the home was found stabbed to death inside, Washoe County officials said.

Nelson fled the scene in a white Jeep Cherokee and led multiple law enforcement officers from two counties on a high-speed chase that ended when Nelson was shot and killed, the news release said. ..Source.. by Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star

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