Former southeastern Nebraska deputy sheriff Joshua Nincehelser has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied about getting shot while on duty.
Nincehelser faces one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly calling in a false report of being shot during a traffic stop last year while on duty as a Richardson County sheriff’s deputy. He is accused of shooting himself and his patrol car.
Nincehelser entered the pleas in Richardson County District Court. He is charged with a felony count of criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of false reporting; official misconduct and obstructing government operations.
A jury trial date has been scheduled for October 22nd. Nincehelser is currently free on bond.
The charges stem from June 9th, when Nincehelser reported to dispatchers, he had been shot while on duty by an unknown person, when he stopped to see if a motorist needed assistance on a county road.
The 25-year old Nincehelser is alleged to have shot himself in the arm using a weapon issued to him by the Sheriff’s Office. He is also alleged to have shot holes into his patrol vehicle and lying to investigators about another person being involved.
The report sparked a massive manhunt in southeastern Nebrasaka.
By John Nixon, KLZA