Truckee officers capture Sparks shooting suspect
Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies captured a fugitive wanted for a shooting in Sparks at a Tahoe Donner residence Sunday.
According to authorities, 21-year-old Jad Joseph Fricke shot his girlfriend five times early Saturday morning and fled the scene of the crime. Fricke was known to frequent and possibly reside in the Truckee area, where his family owns a home on Hansel Avenue.
In fact, authorities say Fricke and his girlfriend fought during a party at the Truckee home Friday night and the girlfriend went home to Sparks following the fight.
After 8 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office received information that led Patrol Sgt. Kevin Harper to conclude that the suspect was at the house in Truckee, Assistant Sheriff John Trauner said. Units staked out the house and determined that it was occupied, and the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail, headed by Capt. Ken Duncan, was called out to handle the situation at around midnight.
“We knew he was in the house because after our initial search we had established verbal communication,” said Sgt. Bill Evans, who led the team into the house. “He clammed up for about one and a half hours and we did not know where he was.”
He said officers were discussing the possibility of using tear gas under the house, before they discovered that Fricke was hiding in a secret room behind a false wall.
Officers thought Fricke was hiding in a crawlspace beneath the house, accessible from a bedroom closet. They attempted to flush him out of the hiding place with diversionary devices before noticing a space between the ceiling and
the wall in the closet, Evans said.
“Right before he gave up, one of the SED officers noticed a space between closet and wall,” Evans said. “He [Fricke] heard us talking and figured we knew where he was, because he was only about two feet away.”
Fricke then gave up without further incident at around 2 a.m., Evans said. At the time of his arrest, the suspect had a .40 caliber Glock handgun in his possession.
Fricke was transferred to the custody of officers from the Sparks Police Department on Monday afternoon.
Evans said good detective work and information provided by the Sparks Police Department were crucial in locating and capturing Fricke.
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