A 64-year old Lincoln man did not fire at Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies before he was shot and killed during an eviction process at his southeast Lincoln home last Friday. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says they are conducting an investigation of the Friday incident into the death of Doug DaMoude.
“As soon as the door was forced open, he had the weapon in front of him,” according to Chief Peschong. “One of the deputies got in a struggle with Mr. DaMoude, with the rifle. Two of the other deputies then discharged their handguns.”
DaMoude’s gun was not loaded, while an autopsy shows that DaMoude died of a gun shot wound to the head. DaMoude was struck four times by shots fired by two deputies.
DaMoude had barricaded himself in his former home as Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to remove him and his belongings from his former home. Chief Peschong says that DaMoude had written threatening letters to the sheriff’s office and police department over the last five weeks, threatening to kill them if they tried to break into his house and remove him.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says two investigations will take place because of the incident. Wagner says one is the investigation for the grand jury conducted by the police department and the second is conducted by their office.
“It’s an internal investigation. We review the actions of the employees involved to make sure they adhere to policy and to make sure that the policies are sufficient to allow the employees to do their job.” Sheriff Wagner says.
Sheriff Wagner says their policy requires that deputies involved in deadly encounters go on paid administrative leave.