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Nevada journalist arrested after altercation at Tesla facility

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Reno journalist arrested for Tesla assault, trespassing

A journalist from the Reno Gazette-Journal has been arrested after an altercation with security guards at Tesla Motors' Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, according to reports.

The Storey County Sheriff's Department did not immediately respond to CNBC's phone call but told the newspaper on Friday that Andy Barron, the man in question, was booked on one charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

"He was arrested after an altercation with the security guards when they attempted to detain him for trespassing," Sheriff Gerald Antinoro told the newspaper.

On Tuesday, Tesla put out its account of what transpired, saying Barron was charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

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Barron was arrested after he and a co-worker climbed a fence with "private property" signs on it and took pictures of the facility, according to the company.

This led to an altercation between Barron and his colleague and Tesla's security guards.

"The two Gigafactory safety managers asked the RGJ employees to wait before departing, as security management and the sheriff's department were en route to the scene," Tesla said in its statement. "Disregarding this request, the RGJ employees entered [their company Jeep]. As the Tesla employee attempted to record the license plate number on the rear bumper, the driver put it in reverse and accelerated into the Tesla employee, knocking him over, causing him to sustain a blow to the left hip, an approximate two-inch bleeding laceration to his right forearm, a three-inch bleeding laceration to his upper arm, and scrapes on both palms."

In contrast, Antinoro told the newspaper that Barron tried to drive away from guards and "either hit or almost hit one or more of the security officers."

Neither the newspaper nor its parent company, Gannett, immediately responded to CNBC's requests for comment.