Police say one of the suspects is linked to a homicide in Topeka, Kansas.
A Johnson County deputy is recovering after being shot last night in a gun fight near Saint Mary. The small community is located about an hour southeast of Lincoln.
The incident happened Wednesday night. Topeka police had informed Nebraska authorities a homicide suspect may be in the area.
A news release from the Topeka Police Department says 33-year-old Michael Engstrom, of Topeka, shot and killed a Topeka man and injured a woman. From there, police say Engstrom and his wife, Jaime, drove to Nebraska. Police say the Engstrom robbed the convenience store in Pawnee City and then led deputies on a chase to St. Mary.
A clerk at Casey's convenience store in Pawnee City told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that the suspect walked into the store and pulled a gun on his coworker demanding money. The clerk said the suspect then took off in his car.
Authorities say Engstrom ended up driving into a cornfield near St. Mary, which is north of Pawnee City. Authorities say gunshots were exchanged, and a deputy was wounded. His injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
The Johnson County Attorney's office says Engstrom was arrested for 2nd degree attempted murder, child abuse, and other charges. Jaime Engstrom was arrested for aiding and abetting in attempted 2nd degree murder, and child abuse. The couple awaits charges in Topeka for the homicide case.
The county attorney's office says a 14 year old girl was in the car with the Engstroms. She was taken into protective custody.
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