Man in custody after he allegedly draws knife during traffic stop


A man who allegedly drew a knife on deputies during a traffic stop at Highway 395 and Ironwood Drive in Minden was transported for treatment around 2:20 p.m.

Deputies responded with lights and sirens through Gardnerville and Minden to the incident.

From radio traffic, deputies on scene chased him to near Ironwood and Pinewood Drive before he was taken into custody.

Authorities were on edge today after a Tik Tok challenge encouraged students to shoot up schools.

There’s no indication that this incident ever came near Douglas High School. By 2:45 p.m. all signs had been cleared and school buses were on Ironwood delivering students after the last day of school before winter break.

Deputies used restraint devices to keep the man from doing more damage to himself or others before transporting him to Carson Valley Medical Center via East Fork ambulance.

Like most of the jurisdictions across the United States, Douglas County authorities warned schools of alleged Tik Tok posts threatening school shootings and bombings.

On its Twitter feed, Tik Tok said that the FBI, and DHS have confirmed there's no credible threat.

“We've exhaustively searched for content that promotes violence at schools today, but have still found nothing,” the company reported. “What we find are videos discussing this rumor and warning others to stay safe.”

The company said it is working to remove alarmist warnings that violate its policy.

“If we did find promotion of violence on our platform, we'd remove and report it to law enforcement.

Douglas County School Superintendent Keith Lewis wrote parents to say that both the district and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are taking the threats seriously. 

Carson City closed its schools today, citing the threat.

The source of the posts is unknown and is being reported by media outlets across the county.

“This notice is for your information only, as there are no credible threats against any Douglas County schools,” Lewis said in the letter. “Regardless of whether there are credible local threats, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will have a presence at all schools tomorrow.”

Friday is the last day of school before Christmas break.

“I’m sorry that these outside issues create situations which cause concern for parents, students and staff,” Lewis said. “Student and staff safety is a priority, and as I have said before, I truly appreciated the collaborative relationship we have with our local sheriff’s office. It’s comforting knowing that the sheriff’s office prioritizes the safety of our schools and community and we will continue to work to be vigilant.”


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