A United States marshal fired the fatal shot last week that killed a suspect while officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant in Lincoln.
His name has not been released.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says the marshal was part of a Metro Fugitive Task Force team attempting to arrest 34-year-old Tyson Hubbard of Omaha as Hubbard got into his car.
The marshal approached on the passenger side of the vehicle as a Lincoln police officer and Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy approached from the driver’s side.
“The deputy U.S. marshal could see Hubbard reaching for a handgun, which was in the center of the seat area,” Wagner tells reporters. “As Hubbard was pulling that handgun out, the marshal announced to the other officers that there was a gun involved. They backed off from their contact with Hubbard and the marshal fired.”
Wagner says Hubbard died of multiple gunshot wounds. He declines to provide a number.
Hubbard was pronounced dead at a Lincoln hospital. Hubbard failed to appear at a court hearing on charges he beat a man with a drill, breaking his eye socket.
Wagner says the officers with the marshal corroborated his account as did a video taken of the deadly confrontation.
“There was video footage of this that was obtained from a local business that verified the officers’ statements,” according to Wagner.
Wagner says the shooting took a total of 15 seconds.
“You see a deadly threat and you have to take action immediately,” Wagner says. “Thankfully, these guys work together all the time. This procedure, this method of effecting arrest has been very successful and safe for the officers and deputies involved.”
A grand jury will investigate the fatal shooting.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.