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Grand Jury recommends no criminal charges in Blair officer-involved shooting

Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 19:48:49-04

BLAIR, Neb. (KMTV) — There was a decision in Washington County’s first fatal officer-involved shooting.

A grand jury convened this week in the shooting death of Leslie Flynn Jr. from April of this year. They decided there is “No True Bill,” or they won’t recommend criminal charges against any law enforcement.

Blair Police and Washington County Sheriff’s arrived at his home for a domestic call. While there prosecutors say when the door was opened, Flynn pointed an AR-15 rifle at law enforcement. Two discharged their weapons, and Flynn was shot. He later died at the hospital.

“I certainly understand and have sympathy for that family and I wish that this didn’t have to happen. The law enforcement officers I think responded in a correct manner with the use of force given the scenario they had with them at the time,” said Washington County Attorney Scott VanderSchaaf.

Washington County Sergeant Shane Thallas, Deputy Alexander Judkins, and Blair Police Sergeant Kelly McManigal were placed on leave during the NE State Patrol’s investigation. They’ve since returned to work.

VanderSchaaf says the grand jury wanted the public to know they want to seen more resources and help offered for people dealing with mental health issues.