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Fatal officer-involved shooting probed in Lincoln

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 19:25:21-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - An officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Lincoln.

Authorities said a man reported he was robbed in the parking lot of a northwest Lincoln hotel at 8:39 a.m. by a man with a pistol who was accompanied by a woman. Authorities said the suspects left the scene in a Chevrolet Trailblazer. While a Lincoln police officer was taking a report, the man was alerted that his credit card was attempted to be used at a gas station in northeast Lincoln.

Shortly thereafter, authorities said a Nebraska State Trooper located the suspect's vehicle near North 56th Street and Superior Street.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled westbound on Superior. The trooper then pursued the vehicle. During the pursuit, authorities said the man began shooting at the trooper from the moving vehicle.

The trooper performed an intervention technique to bring the vehicle to a stop underneath the Interstate 80 overpass near North 56th Street. At this point, the original trooper was assisted by another trooper and a Lincoln police officer.

The man was shot during an exchange of gunfire. Authorities said the woman was also shot after showing a gun and disobeying commands. The suspects were transported to a local area hospital by Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The man remains in intensive care unit with a life-threatening condition. The woman underwent emergency surgery at the same hospital but did not survive.

Both suspects have been identified and are from Wyoming, authorities said. Their names are being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

One of the troopers was injured during the crash that happened during the pursuit. The trooper is in good condition and has been released.

An initial investigation showed that the car driven by the suspects was stolen out of Wyoming, authorities said.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, including the joint Force Investigation Team and Crime Scene Investigators, is conducting the ongoing investigation into the incident.

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