Nebraska State Patrol troopers shot a man dead Friday night during an exchange of gunfire in Seward County, the patrol said.
The fatal exchange occurred after a vehicle pursuit that stretched through three Nebraska counties. No troopers were injured.
The pursuit began after State Patrol investigators conducting surveillance on two men with felony warrants approached a car the men were sitting in about 8 p.m., said Deb Collins, a patrol spokeswoman.
The car, which was parked in an alley behind a home in Stromsburg, accelerated through a yard, “ejecting one male suspect out of the passenger side of the vehicle,” Collins said.
A pursuit began and continued on county roads in Polk, Butler and Seward Counties. The driver fired multiple times at patrol vehicles, Collins said.
Patrol cruisers rammed the suspect's car and it stopped in a ditch along County Road 252 in Seward County near the town of Bee. The man again fired on troopers, who returned fire and killed him, Collins said. She did not say how many troopers fired or identify them.
She did not release the dead man's name.
The passenger who was ejected in Stromsburg suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody.
Collins did not elaborate on the charge contained in the warrants.
-- Emerson Clarridge