Man dead after hours-long standoff with SWAT team in Lincoln, sheriff’s office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – UPDATE, 9:30 a.m. — The man who barricaded himself inside a home Thursday morning is dead, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says.

Chief Deputy Ben Houchin said the Lincoln Police Department’s SWAT team was called to a home near 27th and Holdrege Streets around midnight to serve a search warrant.

The 49-year-old man inside the home had made threats against the city and a nearby school on Wednesday, according to Houchin.  The man also had a protection order violation.

Authorities tried negotiating with the man to come out, but he refused.

Around 4:50 a.m., officers heard a single gunshot inside, Houchin said.

Officers then entered the home and found the man with a gunshot wound.  He was then taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Houchin said the sheriff’s office will lead the investigation, as it is considered an “in-custody death.”

The identity of the man has not yet been released, and an autopsy has been ordered.

Houchin also said there will “most likely” be an investigation done by a grand jury.


UPDATE, 6:55 a.m. — A captain with the Lincoln Police Department has confirmed one person was taken to the hospital.

Officials did not reveal the person’s name, age or gender.  Police also haven’t said why they needed treatment.

Our crew saw a couple of people in Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office gear show up a few minutes ago, carrying rifles.

They’ve since left the area.  We’re told to expect an update on everything that happened around 9:30 a.m.


UPDATE. 6:25 a.m. — Most of the police vehicles have left the area at this point, but a couple remain in place.

A door at the house that officers surrounded is wide open, and our crew can see shattered glass as well.

Caution tape has also been roped around the front of the home.


UPDATE, 5:50 a.m. — Authorities are now saying the situation has stabilized but didn’t go into any more detail about the subject officers have been dealing with.

We’re also told North 28th Street between Holdrege and Clinton will be temporarily closed.

Everyone is asked to use alternate routes until further notice.


LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Lincoln Police Department says it’s dealing with a barricaded subject Thursday morning.

An alert was first shared on social media at 4:49 a.m.

Officials are telling people to avoid the area around North 28th and Holdrege Streets.

Right now there’s no word on what led up to this.

Channel 8 has a crew on scene and will be bringing you live updates throughout the morning.

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