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Officials: Man killed wife, shot neighbor, then killed self

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 14:37:23-04

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in south-central Nebraska say a man killed his wife and shot a neighbor before later fatally turning the gun on himself.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened Friday night in Gibbon following a domestic disturbance at the home of 38-year-old Ryan Gove and his 37-year-old wife, Evita Gove. Investigators say Evita ran with the couple’s 6-year-old child to a neighbor’s house as Ryan chased her with a handgun. Investigators say Ryan then shot Evita several times and shot the neighbor, George Hoffmeister, at least once before running back to his house. Hoffmeister was hospitalized. The child was not injured.

Deputies surrounded the home and tried for about four hours to get him to surrender. Officials say he was later found inside dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gibbon is about 170 miles (273.58 kilometers) southwest of Omaha.