Sheriff’s Office releases additional details in standoff case
Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released additional details and identified the suspect arrested after barricading himself inside a home in the Southwest Meadows subdivision Wednesday.
After a standoff lasting several hours, Lakhvir Singh, 38, was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm where a person may be endangered, attempted home invasion, resisting a public officer with a firearm and discharging a firearm within a residence.
The incident started when deputies were dispatched at approximately 12:40 p.m. to the area of Olive Branch Court for a report of a man shooting a gun in the street. Deputies contacted witnesses and identified the suspect as Singh, who lived in the neighborhood. Since they didn’t know were Singh was at the time, area schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. As deputies canvassed the neighborhood, they were told Singh had attempted to force entry into a home in the neighborhood, failed and then re-entered his own home.
Deputies went to Singh’s home and contacted him in the front yard. LCSO charges that they observed Singh with his elderly mother and he yelled profanity at them before re-entering his home.
Deputies established a perimeter and attempted to call Singh out of the home over their loudspeaker. Due to Singh being located and contained, the lockdown on area schools was lifted. Deputies say Singh was uncooperative and remained in the home. A short time later, Singh’s mother left the home, and it was determined Singh was the home’s only occupant.
Deputies attempted to communicate with Singh via the telephone, loudspeaker and personal communication, unsuccessfully, for a couple of hours. After it became apparent Singh was not going to exit the residence, the Mobile Outreach Safety Team including mental health professionals, Lyon County Crisis Negotiation’s Team and SWAT Team were requested.
The standoff continued into the evening, with numerous attempts made and tactics used to seek a peaceful resolution. During this incident, deputies say Singh went outside the home on a couple of occasions while armed with a shotgun and revolver, and deputies reported hearing a gunshot from within the home. The Crisis Negotiation Team was eventually contacted by Singh, who remained uncooperative.
Less-Lethal Munitions were utilized on the residence, and negotiations continued. Singh eventually surrendered and came out of the home at approximately 7:15 p.m.. While executing a search warrant on the home, deputies identified evidence that shots had been fired within the home. They also discovered a large cache of firearms and ammunition.
North Lyon County Fire Department Personnel evaluated Singh on scene as a matter of standard practice and he was released to law enforcement personnel for transport to the jail.
His bail was set at $62,500.
Anyone with information related to this on-going investigation is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 775-463-6600.