Deputies Arrest 'Victim' in Reported Home Break-In

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

A report of a break-in leads deputies to a Cold Springs home, but no 'suspect' was found and the 'victim' was taken into custody.

After receiving a call about a possible break-in in progress at approximately 4:08 a.m., Washoe County deputies responded to the 3800 block of Petrel Court in the Cold Springs area.

Immediately deputies heard shots fired within the home.

While on scene, deputies could hear a person yelling that he didn't want to hurt anyone.

Deputies established a perimeter around the home and attempted to call the person out using a loud speaker but the man refused. During this time, several more shots were heard and it was evident that the resident was barricading himself.

At approximately 5:12 a.m., the man heard yelling and firing shots, came out of the residence unarmed and surrendered.

Deputies successfully cleared the property and no additional persons were located. Also, there was no indication of a forced entry into the residence. A small caliber handgun and multiple spent casings were located in the home.

No one was injured during this incident.

The resident was identified as 24-year-old Cold Springs man, Leonard Cussimonio.

Cussimonio was arrested and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility, where he was booked without incident. He was charged with possession of a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (M), aiming/discharging a firearm where persons might be endangered (GM), discharging a firearm at and/or into a structure (M), and discharging a firearm in a congested area (M).

Cussimonio's bail is set at $4,885.

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