Truckee-area man thought ‘someone was trying to kill him,’ fires shots
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Mr. Dubie fired weapons at law enforcement personnel.
In fact, while Mr. Dubie did fire shots out a window from inside his home, there’s no evidence to suggest he shot at officers, Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill said Saturday.
The Sierra Sun regrets the error.
SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — Authorities arrested a man Saturday morning who barricaded himself inside his Donner Summit home and fired shots out a window, officials said.
No police or law enforcement were hurt in the incident.
According to the Truckee-area California Highway Patrol, Gary Lawrence Dubie, 59, of Soda Springs called 911 at about 3:40 a.m., saying someone was trying to break into his home.
CHP and Truckee Police responded, and authorities found no signs of forced entry. Once reaching Dubie by telephone, he refused to exit, saying “someone was trying to kill him,” according to a CHP press release.
“Dubie refused to come outside and began to fire his weapons out the windows of his home,” according to the release.
After more shots, the Washoe Count Sheriff’s Office RAVEN helicopter and a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded as day broke, as did the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
“Some time as the sun came up, Dubie attempted to flee his home through a window,” according to CHP. “As officers took positions to make entry to the house, they found Dubie (lying) in the snow with injuries (suffered) as a result of his attempted escape from the home.”
At 7:15 a.m., CHP and PCSO authorities arrested Dubie, who was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for his self-inflicted injuries and for hypothermia, officials said.
NCSO is leading the investigation. No other details, including the type of weapons Dubie allegedly shot, were immediately known.
Area residents were notified of the incident via a robo call.
An error with NCSO’s robo call system led to Truckee residents also getting the call, Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill said Saturday, despite the incident occurring miles away near the Kingvale/Donner Summit area.
“The cautionary message was only intended for the PlaVada / Kingvale area and is not in Truckee,” the department said in a statement to residents. “We apologize for the early message but wanted to ease any unnecessary concern.”
The call reportedly went out county-wide, meaning residents in Nevada City, Grass Valley and elsewhere also were informed of a possible shooting incident.
Nevada County recently upgraded its robo call system, Sheriff Keith Royal said Tuesday, and his staff wasn’t fully familiar with the technology, hence the error.
“We just ask the community to bear with us as we become more familiar with the system, and to remember the big picture,” he said. “(The system) is a tremendous benefit to our community and our county.”
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