By: Kayla Bremer
A Kansas couple is accused of murder in Topeka and taking police on a wild chase here in Nebraska including shooting a deputy in Johnson County.
Multiple towns in southeast Nebraska became crime scenes after authorities say a couple robbed the Casey's General Store in Pawnee City.
A clerk tells us the suspect walked into the store, pulled out a gun on his coworker and demanded money, then sped off in his car.
Authorities say a deputy was shot in the leg when he pulled the car over and the driver opened fire, then took off again.
That's when another witness came in contact with the shooter.
She wants to remain unnamed but says she was driving home when the suspects were following her. She soon saw police lights and pulled over. That's when she said things took a very scary turn.
"After they fired a few rounds, they sped off down around me and then I was detained for questioning."
The pursuit ended when the suspect's car got stuck in a field near St. Mary in Johnson County where they were taken into custody.
Susan Heisheimer says she was outside when she saw the white car fly into a nearby field.
"Watching all of it in the field and the next thing I know is I hear gunshots...about six to eight gunshots," Heisheimer said.
She says dozens of sheriff's and helicopters were in the area.
Officers arrested 33–year–old Michael Engstrom and his 34–year–old wife Jaime.
They say the couple did have a 14–year–old girl in the car with them. She was taken into protective custody.
The couple is also connected to a double shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon in Topeka. One man died as a result of his injuries.
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
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.