Man shot by police at Silver Legacy is person of interest in case of missing Virginia man

Marcus Lee Lewis
Marcus Lee Lewis(Sparks Police Department)
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:47 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 12:55 AM EST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 9 P.M. UPDATE: A man shot by the Reno Police Department in downtown Reno is a person of interest in the disappearance of a Virginia man, the Page County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Joshua Dee Bradford was last seen in the Luray, Virginia, area on Sept. 3, the Page County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Oct. 11, the Page County Sheriff’s Office said Marcus Lee Lewis was a person of interest in the disappearance o Bradford. It also got an arrest warrant charging Lewis with being an ex-felon illegally possessing a weapon.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office said Lewis had ties to areas in Virginia and West Virginia.

The Sparks Police Department, which is handling the investigation of a shooting by Reno police officers, told the Page County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night that Lewis was in custody in Reno after having been shot by officers.

“My investigations division is working with Reno/Sparks Police and the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as they continue to investigate the disappearance of Joshua Bradford,” Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage said.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Sparks Police Department is releasing new information about an officer-involved shooting that happened at the Silver Legacy Casino on December 4.

Sparks PD identified the suspect as Marcus Lee Lewis. He has been charged with resisting a public officer with a dangerous weapon, a felony, and walking along and upon a highway, a misdemeanor.

Around 6:00 a.m., the Reno Police Department was called to the area of North Virginia Street and East 5th Street for a welfare check on a person who was barefoot and possibly armed with a knife.

Sparks PD says that upon making contact, Lewis failed to follow verbal commands and fled on foot. Officers then pursued him to the valet area of the Silver Legacy before deploying their taser.

The taser proved ineffective and he continued to refuse verbal commands and shots were fired. Emergency medical aid was rendered on scene and Lewis was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Lewis is described as being in critical, but stable condition.

Investigators have learned that at least one witness was present when shots were fired and left prior to contact with officers. They are now asking any witnesses to contact the Sparks Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office or Secret Witness.