Man shot by Beatrice police after high-speed chase

BEATRICE, Neb. (KLKN) – A man is in critical but stable condition after being shot by a Beatrice police officer Saturday night.

Authorities say that deputies with the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were pursuing a vehicle south on Highway 77 around 10:30 p.m., with speeds topping 100 mph.

Beatrice Police deployed two spike strips to stop the vehicle before it got into the city.

The vehicle came to a stop near Second and Ella Streets by some railroad tracks, and the driver fled on foot.

Law enforcement said they created a perimeter around the suspect he made comments such as, “I have a gun; don’t make me use it.”

Authorities said an officer tried to use a Taser.

Police say the suspect then reached into his waistband, prompting an officer to fire multiple shots, hitting the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, is at Bryan West.

Authorities said he had an outstanding warrant.

A female passenger was in the vehicle, but she did not flee and was not arrested.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the shooting and said no weapon was found in the vehicle or on the suspect.

The officer is on administrative leave until the investigation is finished.

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