Nebraska authorities say fugitive killed himself

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

 JANSEN, Neb. (AP) _ Southeast Nebraska authorities say a man about to be arrested on a warrant fatally shot himself.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that the shooting took place a little after 12:15 p.m. Monday at a home in Jansen.           The release says the man had been evading arrest for some time. Deputies were tipped the man was in the home, and they found him Monday in a bedroom closet on the second floor. They say he fired a shotgun blast into his head as they approached. Deputies say they fired no shots.

The man’s name is being withheld until relatives are told about his death. State law says a grand jury must be convened to investigate whenever someone dies being arrested or when in custody.