Sierra County Deputies safe after shots fired near Stampede Reservoir

Heavy police activity near Verdi Elementary
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VERDI, Nev. (KOLO) - The Sierra County Sheriff's Office took a man into custody near Stampede Reservoir Friday, October 4, 2019, after receiving a call that he was stranded in the forest.

According to the sheriff's office, they received a 911 phone transfer from Nevada County Sheriff's in which a man, David Cash, reported he had been stranded in the forest for several weeks. Cash said he was too weak to make it out and had no food or water, and was suffering from malnutrition and heart problems.

A Sierra County Deputy arrived and found Cash's vehicle on a remote dirt road off of Henness Pass Road just northeast of the Stampede Reservoir.

As the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, he heard gunshots and the sound of several bullets passing by his head.

The deputy took cover behind his vehicle. A US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer arrived as well and the two officers moved to cover behind trees and continued to hear gunshots.

The officers retreated to a safe location, and awaited additional law enforcement.

Additional Sierra County Deputies arrived as well as officers from the Quincy and Truckee California Highway Patrol, the Redding Highway Patrol helicopter, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Washoe County helicopter (RAVEN).

Washoe County SWAT Team members used armored vehicles and safely moved the patrol vehicles away from the scene.

SWAT Team members and the RAVEN helicopter located and moved to the suspect’s campsite. Once there, SWAT ordered Cash out of his tent. Cash complied with the orders and was taken into custody without incident.

Cash was arrested for felony assault on a peace officer with a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm.

The Sierra County Sheriff's Office says Cash appeared to be suffering from mental health issues and was taken to a hospital for evaluation and medical treatment.

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