Reno, NV

Deputies serving an eviction notice at the home where two people died in a standoff and fire, made an unexpected discovery that alerted them to problems before they heard what they believed was gunfire.

Excerpts from the report…

Eviction notices had already been served and Tuesday was to be the last day for 83 year old Therese Christenson and her 45 year old son Axel in the home they had shared for more than 30 years.

As it turned out, they were apparently prepared for that knock on the door.

Police say the home had been heavily fortified.  “All the windows and doors had been boarded up with pressured board and plywood from the inside,” says Reno Police Lieutenant Robert Nuttal, adding that it was later learned the front door had been barricaded with cases of ceramic tile.

Investigators still don’t know the origins of the sounds they heard inside, two sets of what were described as gunshots or explosions.

Arson experts will pin down the source of the fire that followed, but there’s every indication it was also deliberately set.

The two bodies were found together in the kitchen of the home.

Authorities say most evictions are accomplished with little confrontation. This case is a reminder that they can also go the other way.

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