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Man surrenders after all-nighter with police

Elaine Goodman

Police spent a chilly night outdoors, and a morning service at St. Theresa Church was canceled as officers waited for a man suspected of firing a gun inside a house to surrender.

The man, identified as 57-year-old Kenneth Edwin Prehoda, exited the home on Trout Creek Avenue on Sunday morning and surrendered peacefully, said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Cameron Carmichael.

That ended the incident which had begun at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when the man allegedly fired a gun into the ceiling of the home during an apparent domestic argument, Carmichael said.

Other occupants of the home got the gun away from the man, fled from the residence and called police, Carmichael said.

Informed that there might be other guns in the home, officers set up a perimeter around the home and tried contacting the man by phone. Hours passed, but the phone remained busy, apparently taken off the hook. Officers also tried contacting the man verbally.

Night turned to morning, and the SWAT team was on its way when Carmichael decided to try calling the man one more time. This time, he got through.

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The man said he wanted to contact his son before surrendering. Carmichael said he reassured the man that he could do so after he was in custody.

“He was very cooperative when we asked him to come out,” Carmichael said.

The incident occurred near St. Theresa Catholic Church, and police asked the church to cancel its 8 a.m. service as a precaution.

A pellet rifle was found in the home, Carmichael said.

Prehoda was booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm, making threats, illegal possession of a firearm, illegally discharging a firearm, battery and elder abuse, police said.