SPARKS — Sparks Police Department’s SWAT team arrived at the 400 block of 9th Street in Sparks at about 6 a.m. Thursday and engaged in a stand off with Ryan Misner, who was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property.
According to Sgt. Charles Alt of SPD, a confidential informant spotted Misner this morning inside his house and police were made aware that “he did not plan to go quietly,” and was armed and dangerous.
SWAT team members quickly instructed the residents to exit the home, and the occupants left peacefully.
Misner, however, was still in the house — hiding in the attic.
Police attempted to make contact with Misner for several hours with no response. Further steps were taken.
“Once we had the bottom floor cleared, we gassed the upstairs near the attic and detained him,” Alt said. “We found an automatic .45 and a wig inside the house.”
Informants told police Misner would “make police shoot him” if he ever made contact with them, according to police reports.
Police blocked the area between D and E streets for nearly four hours before apprehending the suspect and securing him in a police vehicle at about 9:50 a.m.
Police responded to a false-alarm sighting of Misner last week on I Street in Sparks where they sent multiple officers for a stand off, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Alt said Misner was booked Thursday for his outstanding felony warrant and will likely be booked on multiple counts, which are still being determined. The .45-caliber gun and the disguise found in Misner’s possession fit the description police were given from their informants.
Misner was detained with an empty holster on his person.
“We were on high alert after last week’s false alarm and we received a tip a few days ago that he was back in this neighborhood,” Alt said. “This situation went pretty well and it was about as bad as it could be without having gun fire.”
Misner was transported to the Sparks Police Department for interviewing purposes.