RENO, Nev. — Two Reno police officers are being hailed as heroes for preventing a tragedy when a California man drove into the middle of a downtown chicken wing festival before he was shot and killed last summer.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Assistant Police Chief Jason Soto awarded Officer Marshall Eason the Medal of Valor on Wednesday. Officer Bryan Shuster was awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service.

Soto says their quick response saved potentially hundreds from death or injury when Raul Saavedra-Vargas of Morgan Hill drove through a barricade and into the Fourth of July-weekend festival in the casino district.

Eason chased the minivan on foot and shot the 24-year-old suspect in the chest. Schuster jumped into the vehicle and threw it into park as it careened into a vendor booth and more than 100 people dove for cover.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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