Police: Teen Charged After Firing Gun at Father and Setting Fire to House

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UPDATE: Police say the boy is 13 years old. Fire investigators had initially said they believed he was 14.


RENO, NV - Reno police are investigating an apparent threat made by a 13-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the boy was upset about his grades and called his parents, saying he wanted to burn the house down. Before they got to the home on Bonneville Avenue, he hit his sister, who was trying to stop him from starting a fire with gasoline. When the parents got home, the mother quickly put out a small fire while the father took the boy outside. Police say the boy then aimed a pistol at the father but missed; when the father went inside, the boy fired again and missed. He then aimed the gun at his mother. No one was hurt.

The boy is facing charges of arson and assault with a deadly weapon, plus domestic battery, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and being a juvenile in possession of a firearm.

Nearby Peavine Elementary School was on a brief precautionary lockdown during the incident.