A 22-year-old man, suspected in an early Sunday homicide, was shot and killed by two Lincoln police officers around 9 a.m. Sunday after he brandished a pistol and pointed it at the officers, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said Sunday afternoon.
The man was suspected of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman and injuring a 23-year-old woman around 3 a.m., Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said.
The names of the woman killed and the suspect are not being released until relatives are contacted.
Those two officers have been placed on leave, per department policy.
Police developed the 22-year-old man as a homicide suspect through witnesses statements. Officers found the man on 14th Street between Adams and Harley streets and there was a foot pursuit, the chief said.
A witness who was driving on 14th Street told LSO the man pulled out a pistol, refused to drop it when ordered and then pointed the pistol at the officers before they opened fire, Wagner said.
LPD will investigate the homicide while LSO investigates the officer-involved shooting. Once LSO's investigation is complete, it will be handed to the Lancaster County Attorney's Office for review and then to a grand jury, which is standard in officer-related shootings.
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Lincoln police officers went to the 3400 block of Portia Street in north Lincoln around 3 a.m., and while investigating a reported physical altercation they heard gunshots near Portia and Adams streets. Police don't know what caused the initial altercation.
The two women were shot in separate vehicles between Adams and Knox streets on Portia. They were not involved in the altercation, Bliemeister said.
"At this point in the investigation, we believe the deceased male was the only person culpable for the homicide and the assault of the 23-year-old," he said.
Both the victims and the suspect are from Lincoln, but police don't yet know if the women knew each other or if they knew the man who shot them, Bliemeister said. At least three cars were stopped on Portia Street when the shooting happened. Police don't know if anyone else was injured.
The injured woman was taken into surgery and she remains hospitalized Sunday afternoon.
Almost six months into 2016, the eight killings Lincoln police have investigated mark a 10-year-high for murders in Nebraska's capital.