Armed man taken into custody in Truckee

Truckee schools were on lockdown briefly Monday after an armed man holed up in his vehicle on Richard’s Boulevard northwest of Donner Pass Road.

Robert Maklia eventually surrendered to police officers. He faces charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and branding a weapon at law enforcement. Before being jailed he was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital to be evaluated.

Police officers were notified about noon April 30 by Nevada County sheriff’s deputies of a subject reported to be distraught and possibly armed with a firearm.

Police located Maklia sitting in his parked vehicle on Richard’s Boulevard.

Maklia exited his vehicle holding a handgun, according to officers. He allegedly refused to drop the handgun and hid behind his vehicle.

“Maklia discharged a round from his gun in an unknown direction while hiding behind his vehicle. He later put down his handgun and approached police,” according to a press release. “Maklia was not compliant with police commands to surrender and was taken into custody without incident after being struck with a less lethal bean bag round.”

— Lake Tahoe News staff report


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