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Chief: Suspect held gun to officer's head

Chief: Suspect held gun to officer's head


Zachary Grigsby held a gun to Lincoln Police Officer Angela Morehouse’s head before he was killed by police Nov. 29, Chief Jim Peschong said Wednesday.

The chief said an internal investigation has been completed and found no violation of department policy or procedure by the three officers involved in the shooting of the Central City man.

Sgt. Bradley Junker, Morehouse and Officer Matthew Gilleland have been taken off administrative leave. Junker and Morehouse are ready to return to full duty, Peschong said in a news release. Gilleland, who was shot in the right arm during the struggle, is still recovering.

Junker was trying to arrest Grigsby, 29, on outstanding warrants from Merrick County on Nov. 29 in north Lincoln when Morehouse and Gilleland showed up to help.

During a struggle, Grigsby put Morehouse in a headlock and punched her, then pulled a .380-caliber automatic handgun and held it to her head, Peschong said.

He fired and hit Gilleland, who was standing nearby, the chief said Wednesday.

Two of the officers shot back, firing seven times and hitting Grigsby three or four times. 

Peschong refused to say which officers fired their guns, saying he doesn’t want to taint the grand jury pool that will investigate Grigsby’s death.

He said police also have completed their criminal investigation into the shooting and forwarded reports to the Lancaster County Attorney's Office, where staff will review the case and present it to a grand jury as is required in all in-custody deaths.

A grand jury could be convened in 30 to 45 days, County Attorney Joe Kelly said Wednesday.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or On Twitter @LJSRileyJohnson.


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