A potentially dangerous situation was defused in Lincoln when University of Nebraska police officers arrested a 19-year-old suspect in a Hastings murder.
Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands gives the university officers a lot of credit in the arrest of Deante Mullen, a suspect in a murder in Hastings Monday.
University officers spotted Mullen at a convenient store off the East Campus.
Sands says Mullen seemed to go for a stolen gun he had in his car when the officers approached.
“We knew Mullen could potentially be a dangerous subject so he was at gunpoint directed to get on the ground and instead of getting on the ground, he ran toward the driver’s seat of the car,” Sands tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Obviously, officers knew this was a potentially dangerous individual so they went hands on and took him to the ground. There we no injuries. They were able to take him into custody without him reaching that firearm.”
University officers held Mullen until Lincoln police responded and took him into custody.
Sands says Mullen had drugs in the car as well as the gun.
Hastings police have been searching for Mullen, a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old Jose Hansen of Hastings, found shot to death in an alley Monday morning.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.