December 2, 2015

Lincoln police officers involved in fatal shooting identified

The Lincoln police officers injured in a fatal shooting this weekend have been identified.

Officer Matthew Gilleland was shot and wounded in the scuffle with Zachary Grigsby, who was fatally shot by another officer. Gilleland suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. He is expected to be released from the hospital today.

Officer Angela Morehouse was punched a number of times in the head by Grigsby. She was treated and released at a Lincoln hospital.

The Lincoln Police Department say the two officers confronted Grigsby in a parked car and that as they led him to a police cruiser, Grisby said he wasn’t going back to jail, pulled a gun, and started firing.

A third officer involved in the incident has not been identified.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.

Failed drug deal seems to have led to first homicide in Lincoln

Brandon Benson/Lincoln Police Dept. photo

Brandon Benson/Lincoln Police Dept. photo

A 19-year-old Plattsmouth man has been killed in what police say was a drug deal gone bad.

Lincoln police report officers responding to a shooting at a house near a busy Lincoln intersection found Richard Randall, Jr. unresponsive just inside the door of the residence. He later was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second teen-ager, 18-year-old Angok Wal of Bellevue, was found inside with gunshot wounds to his buttocks.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says three Lincoln residents have been arrested.

“The investigation found that gunshots were fired into the residence, striking these two individuals,” Peschong tells reporters at a news briefing. “The investigation also revealed that there had been a prior attempted robbery at this residence around midnight. However, that attempted robbery had not been reported to the police.”

Joseph Bratt/Lincoln Police Dept. photo

Joseph Bratt/Lincoln Police Dept. photo

Peschong says 21-year-old Brandon Benson has been charged with first-degree murder. 20-year-old Joseph Bratt has been charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder and 21-year-old Joshua Lock has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Police believe Benson and Bratt went to the house at around midnight on Saturday, attempting to sell marijuana. The transaction never took place and it appears the two returned along with Lock around 3 o’clock Sunday morning to rob the residents.

“The investigation into this homicide is continuing and we do expect that there will be more arrests associated with what happened yesterday morning at this particular residence,” according to Peschong.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.

Man shot, officers wounded during firefight in Lincoln

A man has been fatally shot and two Lincoln police officers wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

The Lincoln Police Department reports the officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in the area of north 73rd and Adams Streets Sunday evening. Officers approached two men seated in a parked car with stolen license plates. The man in the driver’s seat 29-year-old Zachary Grisby of Central City, was wanted on two felony warrants from Merrick County; one for making terrorist threats, the other for obstructing a peace officer.

Two other officers arrived at the scene and were assisting in the arrest when Grisby stated he wasn’t going to go to jail and began to struggle with officers. Grisby put one officer in a headlock and hit him several times in the face. He then pulled a gun and began firing, hitting one officer in the arm.

An officer shot and killed Grisby when he pointed the gun at him, according to Lincoln police.

Grisby died at the scene.

The passenger in the car fled to a nearby residence. Officers surrounded the house and arrested five people. All five have been released after being interviewed by police.

The officer shot and wounded is being treated at a Lincoln hospital. The second officer was treated and released for head injuries. Three officers total have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

A grand jury will review the shooting in accordance with state law.

The identities of the officers have not been released.

Two Lincoln men arrested in first murder of the year

crime-scene-houseTwo Lincoln men have been arrested in connection with the first homicide in the city this year.

Lincoln police report 21-year-old Brandon Ray Benson and 20-year-old Joseph Bratt have been charged in murder. Benson has been charged with first-degree murder. Bratt has been charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder. The victim’s name or even a description haven’t been released.

Police say they received a call very early Sunday morning. Police discovered one person dead, another injured. The extent of injuries has not been disclosed. Police found bullet holes in the front of the house.

Little released on Omaha murder this weekend

Omaha police have released little on a homicide this past weekend.

The Omaha Police Department reports officers responded to a report that shots had been fired near 44th and Spaulding Streets late Saturday morning.

Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Creighton Medical Center, but died later of his wounds. His identity is being withheld at this time.

The investigation continues.