Hostage Situation on the Pyramid Lake Reservation

On February 26, 2018, Tribal Police Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon involving Rocky. Rocky was a convicted felon who had recently been released from prison for murder. During this standoff, Rocky found his estranged girlfriend Christina. Prior knowledge through tribal sources advised negotiators Rocky had held Christina hostage a week prior to this incident for four days.

Several obstacles to include weather elements of freezing temperatures, rain, snow, and wind made this 11-hour standoff challenging. Working within the native American community provided different elements which included bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigations, other regional agencies, and a relief Special Weapons and Tactics Team from Las Vegas, NV over 300 miles away.