On July 3 at 12:17 a.m. Mineral County dispatch received a call from a UPS driver who reported someone with a gun at Spanish Springs Road off Highway 359. The caller warned of trouble if someone didn’t quickly respond. Sergeant Charlie, followed by Deputy Leslie responded to the scene.
After arriving on scene the officers made contact with the UPS driver. The officers noticed a suspicious looking vehicle in the lot. Charlie noticed movement in the vehicle, and a white female subject exited the vehicle and acted erratically.
The suspect is Jana Busby, 39, with listed place of residence in Fallon.
“The reporting party said he’s been hooking up a trailer when he noticed a suspicious vehicle entering the lot. He pulled his truck around and shined headlights on the vehicle and he observed a person throwing clothing items out of the vehicle,” Sheriff Stewart Handte said.
“He’s watching her throwing clothing out of the vehicle and asks her what’s going on. Then she gets out of the car and pointed a rifle (20 gauge shotgun) at him. Of course he dialed 911 saying ‘Some lady is pointing a rifle at me,’” Handte said.
While attempting to engage the suspect in conversation the officers noted Busby appeared under the influence of controlled substances. “The officers found in her possession, in a baggie hidden under her bra, hydrocodone pills. They took her and booked her on counts of unlawful use of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, aiming a firearm at another human being, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance,” Handte said.
The sheriff says his department had numerous encounters with Busby over the last month or so. Police suspect Busby is plagued by mental issues. After a drug test, Busby tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine and opiates. “That would explain some of her erratic behavior,” Handte said.
“Busby was lucky that by the time Sgt. Charlie arrived on the scene, she was no longer in possession of the shotgun. That could have ended very badly,” Handte said.
Because of the severity of the charges, law enforcement set bail for Busby at $140,640.