A 42-year-old Lincoln man ran to a part of his property where he kept a loaded shotgun when deputies tried to arrest him Thursday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputies had gone to Robert Nelson’s home to arrest him on a weapons charge. They found him at the end of his driveway with a loaded handgun in his waistband, Lt. Troy Sander, a department spokesman, said Friday.
“We had specific information that he was heavily armed,” Sander said. Nelson’s neighbors had reported firearms being discharged at his home, he said.
Nelson put down the handgun but ran up his driveway when he learned he was under arrest, Sander said. He ducked into bushes near his home as a police dog and deputies took him down, a post on the department’s Facebook page said.
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Deputies found a loaded shotgun in the area where Nelson was caught, Sander said.
“When he ran, he ran right to a spot where he staged the shotgun that he had set up,” Sander said. “It could have been a very different and tragic situation.”
Nelson was booked into jail with bail set at $250,000.