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Official Statement On Reno Standoff Situation

 

 

 

 

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On Thursday afternoon August 4, 2016, just after 3:00pm Reno Police was called to the Topp Gunn Auto Auction lot in the 1500 block of Airport Road, just outside Reno City limits. It was reported that a man at the shop was displaying a handgun and making threats. Reno Police responded and was assisted by Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, Lamar County Precinct 1 Constable, and Paris Police.
Officers made contact with the man displaying a handgun inside the shop and began negotiating with him. The handgun was sticking out of the man’s front pants pocket and was plainly visibly and easily accessible to the man during the entire standoff. During the negotiation, the man kept asking police to shoot him, or let him leave and go home. After negotiating for over an hour, the scene was eventually secured by Reno Police deploying a Taser, a less lethal use of force, and safely took the man into custody. The Taser was deployed while other officers provided lethal cover in case it was necessary.
Arrested was Ronnie Stepfon Miller, 50 years old of Paris. He was arrested for Trespassing with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting arrest with a Deadly Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon. All charges are felony offenses. Once the scene was secured, Miller was transported to Lamar County jail without further incident.
No one was hurt during the incident. The incident apparently started when Miller began arguing with another man who Miller was in competition with to perform work on some of the cars at the auction. Miller was told to leave after starting the disturbance, but refused by displaying the firearm and making threats.