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ELKO — West Wendover police arrested a man after he allegedly fled the scene of a traffic stop, hid out in a residence and threatened to shoot officers.

On Monday morning officers observed two vehicles traveling east on Wendover Boulevard in a reckless manner. One vehicle was repeatedly breaking in front of another while changing lanes to prevent the vehicle from passing.

A traffic stop was conducted on both vehicles. One vehicle driven by Israel Cornejo fled the scene as the officer made contact. The officer had reached into the vehicle and was holding onto the seatbelt as Cornejo drove away. The officer let go prior to being dragged by the vehicle and was not injured as a result.

The vehicle was found in front of a residence in a mobile home park. Officers attempted to contact the occupants of the residence without success. While at the residence Cornejo called into the dispatch center to demand that officers leave the residence. Cornejo reportedly made threats through the dispatcher stating that if the officers did not leave he would shoot them and himself.

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Officers spoke with Cornejo and negotiated with him to safely turn himself in. He exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. The incident is now being reviewed by the Elko District Attorney.


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