April 19, 2014

One badly wounded, another dead after dog dispute turns violent in Lincoln (AUDIO)

A 28-year-old Lincoln man clings to life at a local hospital after being shot four to six times as a dispute about his dog turned violent.

The suspect, 40-year-old Scott Brus, appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said during a news briefing this morning that Brus fled the scene after shooting Isaac Durr several times. Lancaster County deputies followed in a slow pursuit. Brus drove into an alley, ran into two parked cars, then wrecked his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix on a utility pole. Three deputies approached the car. Brus was pronounced dead at the scene of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Durr is listed in stable, but critical condition at a Lincoln hospital.

Peschong said Brus confronted Durr, a neighbor, about his dog. Brus had a history of complaining that the dog defecated in his yard and barked too loudly. The heated words turned violent.

“It’s really disappointing that someone would think that a dog defecating in someone’s yard that they had to result to pulling out a handgun and shooting someone as a result of it,” Peschong said.

It could have been worse.

Peschong said that Durr was working in his yard with his two-year-old daughter nearby when Brus confronted him.

“Mr. Durr picked up his two-year-old daughter, passed his two-year-old daughter on to his wife to have his wife take the two-year-old daughter into the house. And then, the dialogue between Mr. Durr and Mr. Brus continued where Mr. Brus then pulled out the firearm and began shooting,” according to Peschong.

The wife ran to a neighbor to ask the neighbor to call police. She then attended to her husband’s wounds until emergency personnel arrived.

The three deputies have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues. The Lincoln Police Department is handling the investigation.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.

AUDIO: Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong discusses shooting. [2:50]