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Man taken to hospital after being shot by officer Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln

Man taken to hospital after being shot by officer Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln

LINCOLN — A Nebraska State Patrol trooper shot a man in Lincoln on Wednesday afternoon during a struggle over a gun, according to Patrol Col. John Bolduc.

The shooting occurred outside an apartment near 19th and G Streets at about 2:45 p.m.

Law enforcement officers performed CPR on the man, and he was taken to a Lincoln hospital, Bolduc said.

The man’s name and age weren’t released, and his condition wasn’t available late Wednesday evening.

Bolduc said investigators with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force — which includes the State Patrol, Lincoln Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office — had gone to the area to follow up on a Crime Stoppers tip.

He said they made contact with people in a vehicle in a parking lot behind the apartment building at 1905 G St.

“During that contact one of the investigators observed the individual was in possession of a firearm, a handgun. During this contact, a struggle ensued and an investigator with the State Patrol discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” Bolduc said.

Bolduc said he’s asked Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Bolduc said the initial information he had was that the only round discharged was fired by the State Patrol investigator.

“The investigation will reveal if any additional shots were fired by any other persons,” he said.

A neighbor described hearing what he initially thought was fireworks.

Bolduc said the trooper will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer shoots someone.

Wagner said the Sheriff’s Office will take the lead, but the investigation also will involve investigators and crime technicians from the Lincoln Police Department.

“It’s very serious,” Wagner said. “It’s serious and different than a normal shooting investigation. Our role here is to determine what happened, present that evidence to the County Attorney’s Office and have them make a determination whether that was justified or not,” he said.

Zaine Alnori, who lives across the street, said the shooting happened in front of his dad.

Alnori said his dad, Abdulkarim Albaidhany, saw officers trying to talk to someone in a car in the lot and trying to get them out of the car.

“Then he heard a gunshot,” Alnori said translating for his dad, who speaks Arabic.

Numerous law enforcement officers and vehicles responded to the scene after emergency dispatchers issued a call about an officer in distress and shots being fired. By 5 p.m., most of the police cars had cleared the area, and the busy street had reopened. Police tape cordoned off part of the apartment parking lot. Wagner said he expected investigators to remain on scene until the early hours of Thursday.

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