A suspect in a domestic disturbance case in Columbus has been killed in a firefight with state patrol troopers and local law enforcement.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports a trooper responded to a domestic disturbance call in Columbus very early this morning. Authorities reported a man, whose name has not been released, had threatened others with a gun.
The trooper spotted a car that matched the description of the suspect. The trooper pulled the pick-up over. When approaching the passenger side of the pick-up, the driver fired shots at the trooper, who returned fire as the pick-up sped away.
The patrol says the driver missed the trooper and a pursuit ensued, which lasted approximately 10 minutes before the trooper lost sight of the vehicle as it sped northbound on a county road.
Other state patrol troopers and local law enforcement officers joined the pursuit as well as the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter. The pick-up was located on Highway 30 on the east edge of Columbus around 3am. The pick-up took off eastbound. The NSP helicopter followed from the air, directing troopers and other law enforcement on the ground. The pick-up ran over two sets of spike strips as it fled through Colfax County before coming to a stop on Old Highway 30 on the west side of Schuyler.
The pick-up took off again, ramming head-on into a Platte County Sheriff’s Office patrol unit parked along Old Highway 30. The driver put the pick-up in reverse, crashed into two other law enforcement vehicles.
Officers at the scene opened fire on the pick-up.
The NSP will only report that the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The patrol reports no law enforcement officer was struck by gunfire. A Schuyler police officer hit by flying glass was treated and released from a local hospital, according to the patrol.
“This was a very dangerous situation,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol in a written statement released by NSP. “We had an individual who was intent on causing harm and through the efforts of these dedicated law enforcement officers we were able to prevent him from taking any innocent lives.”
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by Police Departments from Columbus and Schuyler and Sheriff’s Offices from Platte, Colfax and Butler Counties.
The investigation continues. Nebraska law requires a grand jury investigation of any fatality that occurs while a suspect is in custody or in the process of being arrested.