The Cod Red System is getting off to a rocky start in Nevada County. An automated emergency notification call to county residents Saturday morning advised people that a man shooting a rifle was in the area and told people to shelter in place. Unfortunately the message did not say that the situation was isolated to the Kingvale, PlaVada area, and people across a large swath of Nevada County believed it was in their neighborhood. The first call went out around 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning .
A second automated emergency notification call was made nearly a half hour later that did inform residents the incident was isolated to the Kingvale area. As for the incident itself, it started Saturday morning about 3:40 a.m. Truckee police and the Truckee CHP responded to a phone call from a distraught individual in PlaVada, north of Soda Springs, who thought someone was attempting to break into his home. CHP Officer Peter Mann says CHP and Truckee Police responded but could not find any signs of forced entry around the house so they attempted to contact the reported party.
The subject, identified as 59 year old Gary Lawrence Dubie, instead decided to start shooting.
As day broke a SWAT team from Nevada County came on the scene and they were preparing to enter the residence when Dubie was located outside the house in the snow. He had apparently injured himself coming out of a window trying to escape from law enforcement. Dubie was transported to Renoun Hospital and was still in intensive care as of this mornng.
As to the automated emergency calls going out to Nevada County residents, Sheriff Keith Royal says the operation of the Code Red System still needs some fine tuning.
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No injuries to Law Enforcement personnel or equipment were sustained in the incident in PlaVada Saturday.