An investigation is underway in Lincoln following the shooting of a suspect from Gage County.
A Deputy U.S. Marshal and two Lincoln police officers were going to arrest 25 year old Thomas Sailors Friday night, according to investigators. He was wanted on a felony warrant for possession with intent to distribute narcotics issued out of Gage County.
Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister says the deputy marshal shot at Sailor as he drove away in a stolen vehicle.
“Sailors arrived in the Yukon at a local hospital,” Bliemeister told reporters during a daily briefing. “He was taken into custody out of the vehicle and brought into the emergency room immediately for life-saving treatment. Sailors is being treated for the gunshot wounds and is in the custody of the Lincoln police department. He remains hospitalized and is recovering.”
Bliemeister says Sailors’ attempt to flee caused a lot of damage, including to a building he backed into with a stolen GMC Yukon.
“Four vehicles damaged. Marked Lincoln Police cruiser damaged,” Bliemeister said. “As one of our uniformed Lincoln police officers was attempting to avoid being struck by that vehicle being driven, had to take evasive action, sustained injuries to his shins and knee.”
The Lincoln Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.
“The investigation into determining actually how many rounds were discharged and how many times Thomas Sailors was struck is still ongoing and being determined by the joint investigation,” he says.
Internal reviews by the Lincoln Police Department and United States Marshals Service are ongoing to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures of each agency, according to a news release.
Bliemeister says the two involved Lincoln Police were interviewed and are on their regularly scheduled days off. Each of the Lincoln Police Officers have eight years of law enforcement experience.
Jane Monnich, KLIN Lincoln, contributed to this report.