New details released in officer-involved shooting, suspect in critical condition

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – New details were released in the officer-involved shooting that happened near 19th and G Streets in Lincoln Wednesday.

Around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Lincoln Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force were following up on a Crime Stoppers tip at an apartment complex near 19th and G Streets when they noticed a Chrysler 300 containing a male driver and female passenger pull into the parking lot.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said this vehicle had also been mentioned in previous drug enforcement investigations.

As the Task Force, which is made up of Lincoln Police, Lancaster County Sheriff’s, and Nebraska State Patrol Investigators, approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, other investigators made contact with the 21-year-old female passenger.

Upon contact with the driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old German Pedraza, officers say they observed him attempting to pull out a pistol.

LSO says loud verbal commands were given to drop the gun and a struggle ensued to prevent Pedraza from using the pistol. The NSP Investigator fired one round from his duty pistol, striking Pedraza in the neck.

Officers began medical aid and Lincoln Fire and Rescue was requested, according to authorities.

Pedraza was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. He is currently in critical condition.

Authorities said a loaded pistol was recovered from the Chrysler 300 as well as various quantities of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine. Also, various quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine were recovered pursuant to the service of the search warrant.

The 21-year-old passenger was interviewed and released.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting with the assistance of LPD.

The Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Police have specially trained officers who make up an Officer-Involved Shooting team.

The Nebraska State Patrol is conducting a separate internal investigation to ensure their policy and procedures were being followed.

Authorities said the trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Investigation, which is their normal protocol.

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