“Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Suspect for Homicide of Jennifer Beltran-Galassi”

By | August 6, 2023

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On August 6, 2023, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Esteban Garcia for the shooting death of Jennifer Beltran-Galassi. Beltran-Galassi was found with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Garcia, who had a previous conviction for domestic battery, is being held on multiple charges including Open Murder. The sheriff’s office is committed to reducing and preventing domestic violence incidents. If you or someone you know is in a violent domestic relationship, crisis support services are available. shooting-Suspect-for-Homicide%20.php” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>washoesheriff reported


Public Relations Number:


PR 2023-0806-Washoe-County-Sheriffs-Office-Arrests-Sun-Valley-shooting-Suspect-for-Homicide


Date of Issue:


August 6, 2023 – 1:00PM

Press Release


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Apprehends Suspect in Sun Valley shooting for Homicide


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Sergeant Kristin Vietti

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office


Office: 775-328-6336


Cell: 775-895-0027


On August 6, 2023, detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of Jennifer Beltran-Galassi, a 20-year-old female.

On August 5, 2023, at approximately 09:28 am, patrol deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting in the 5300 block of Woods Drive in Sun Valley.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered Jennifer Beltran-Galassi inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head.

Emergency medical personnel transported Beltran-Galassi to a local hospital, where she was tragically pronounced deceased.

During their on-scene investigation, patrol deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect, Esteban Garcia, at a nearby residence. Subsequently, after further investigation by detectives, Garcia was identified as the main suspect and apprehended.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has determined that there are no additional suspects involved in this case. Garcia is currently being held in the Washoe County Detention Facility on multiple charges, including Open Murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

On July 27, 2023, Garcia was previously convicted of domestic battery (1st) and child abuse, neglect, or endangerment by the Sparks Justice Court. Garcia received probation and a no-contact order was issued between him and Beltran-Galassi. Investigators have established that Garcia and Beltran-Galassi had a domestic relationship and shared a minor child.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam expressed his condolences on behalf of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, extending sympathy to Jennifer’s loved ones during this unimaginable loss.

Sheriff Balaam emphasized, “No one should ever fear for their safety at the hands of their partner. The members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office entered this profession to serve and protect our community. We will continue to work tirelessly to reduce and prevent incidents of domestic violence, while providing support to those who have been victims of such acts.”

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community that domestic violence can affect anyone, and support is available.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive domestic relationship, the following community resources are accessible:

Crisis Support Services of Nevada: Call or text 988

Domestic Violence Resource Center: 775-329-4150

Safe Embrace – Family Violence Program & Shelter: 775-322-3466

Sierra Community House, Incline Village, 24-hour crisis line: 800-736-1060

Protection Order Help Center: 775-328-3127

In case of an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.

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The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is committed to maintaining a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity, and a strong dedication to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th individual elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was established in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and forming partnerships within the diverse communities it serves. We promote the dignity of all individuals through open communication, professionalism, integrity, and mutual respect.

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