Lincoln man ‘freaked out’ and shot victim after crash, court documents allege

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A two-vehicle crash Friday morning led to the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old Lincoln man, an arrest affidavit alleges.

Lincoln Police provided more details on the shooting of 38-year-old Kupo Mleya in an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday.

Officers were sent to the area of 20th and Washington Streets after callers reported hearing a car crash and gunshots early Friday.

When officers arrived, they found Mleya in his Jeep Patriot, suffering from several gunshot wounds.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Christopher Schamber said in the affidavit that the Jeep had “numerous” bullet holes in the driver’s door and window.

The car also had damage “consistent with having been in an accident,” according to the affidavit.

Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle leave the scene of the crash.

The investigation led to 23-year-old Karsen Rezac, whose vehicle was found a few blocks south of where the shooting happened.

Rezac’s GMC Yukon had damage to the passenger side, and it was consistent with the debris located at the crash, court documents allege.

Officers also discovered that the passenger window had damage consistent with gunshots.  A 9 mm handgun and bullet casings were found inside Rezac’s vehicle.

Investigators arrested Rezac on Saturday near 28th Street and Tierra Drive.

Rezac was backing out of his driveway when he was struck by Mleya, court documents say.

Rezac – who had a handgun in his center console – then “freaked out” and fired six shots at the vehicle, fatally striking Mleya, according to the affidavit.

Mleya and Rezac did not know each other, police say.

Investigators charged Rezac with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

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