December 20, 2014

Plainview man shot and wounded by trooper after ramming patrol car

A 38-year-old rural Plainview man has been shot and wounded by a state trooper after a series of events that included creating a disturbance at his children’s school, making threats at a convenience store and ramming a patrol car with his tractor.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Aaron White of Plainview was arrested after the shooting and flown to Sioux City, IA for treatment.

The patrol says a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy and state troopers confronted White near a farm northeast of Brunswick after White drove his semi-tractor trailer to the farm and set it on fire. White hopped onto a tractor and drove it into outbuildings, another vehicle and fuel tanks. After driving to a neighboring property, he steered the tractor toward the deputy’s car. He missed, but hit the patrol car, injuring Trooper Brian Detlefsen, 34, a 12-year veteran stationed at Troop B in Norfolk.

Dain Hicks from Troop B in Columbus, 41, shot and wounded White. Hicks is a 14-year veteran of the patrol.

The patrol reports it received a call for assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office just before 11 o’clock this morning. The office reported White had been turned away from the Zion Lutheran School after causing a disturbance. He had attempted to remove his children from the school.

White left the school in the semi and drove to the convenience store in Plainview, where he threatened harm to himself and others. Afterward, White drove the semi to his farm and set the semi on fire. He drove the tractor through buildings, into a vehicle and into the fuel tanks on his own property. He then drove the tractor across a field and damaged outbuildings there.

After ramming the patrol car and being wounded, White surrendered to authorities. Initially taken to the Plainview hospital, he was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to his right side.

Trooper Detlefsen suffered a cut to his head. An ambulance took him to a Creighton hospital. He was treated and released.

The patrol reports White will be held in the Woodbury County, IA jail on a charge of assaulting an officer pending extradition.