Man arrested after allegedly shooting gun near gated Truckee neighborhood
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Authorities on Wednesday arrested a Reno man after he allegedly fired a handgun in the air and started a small brushfire near a gated Truckee community.
According to the Truckee Police Department, officers responded late Wednesday morning to The Meadows neighboorhood in eastern Truckee, just outside the Glenshire subdivision, to reports of a man with a gun walking in a wooded area behind several of the community’s estate-sized lots.
“Once the suspect was located by police, the suspect started running, and at one point, fired gunshots into the air,” according to a police statement. “Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without any gunshots being fired by police or without further incident.
“At no point where the gunshots directed at police or witnesses in the area.”
At about the same time, officers discovered a small brush fire had started in the area, according to police.
California Highway Patrol, Truckee Fire Protection District, Calfire and Tahoe National Forest crews quickly responded and put out the fire before any structures were threatened.
In a Wednesday afternoon statement, police indicated the suspect — 34-year-old Fredrick Santos Coy, of Reno — is connected to starting the blaze, which remains under investigation.
“It is believed he was acting alone and there are no unidentified suspects outstanding,” police said. “Why he was in Truckee and what his intentions were are still being determined and that investigation is continuing.”
Santos Coy was arrested and booked in Nevada County Jail on suspicion of five felonies — being an ex-felon possessing a firearm; illegally discharging a firearm; assault with a firearm on a person; possession of a controlled substance; and willfully causing a forest fire — and two misdemeanor charges.
His bail was set at $50,000.
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