Richardson County Sheriff Randy Houser says a 70-square mile search of the northwestern section of Richardson County turned up nothing following the wounding of Deputy Sheriff Josh Nincehelser early Monday morning.
“The most important thing of searching that corner of the county was that basically eliminated where he was not,” Sheriff Houser says. “We don’t know whether Josh hit him with any bullets or not, so he could have been somewhere out there in the county either injured or wounded. We wanted to make sure that we took care of that aspect of the investigation as early as we could.”
“We don’t believe that the suspect is in the immediate area at this time, so there’s probably not any serious threat individually to homes or farms or anything up in that part of the county.”
Although the suspect involved hasn’t been located, Sheriff Houser says various local law enforcement agencies have assisted Richardson County sheriffs in their search
“We’re still following up leads, we’re receiving tips and calls from Omaha police, Lincoln police, state patrol, and other agencies in other states that have had similar events,” Sheriff Houser notes. “We’ve also had tips from local people and we’re checking those out as fast as we can.”
“The state patrol has been a presence down here and has been assisting us a tremendous amount with the search.”
Sheriff Houser said he and other members of the Sheriff’s office have talked with Nincehelser and he is expecting him home soon, with the deputy released from a hospital earlier today and an initial prognosis that he’ll be off work for at least four to five weeks.
The suspect fled in a tan or silver Dodge Neon without license plates or working tail lights. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office at 402-245-2479 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-471-4545.
By John Nixon, KLZA, Falls City