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Lincoln man arrested for string of shootings after lab results come back, police say
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Lincoln man arrested for string of shootings after lab results come back, police say

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A Lincoln man who police say shot a 9 mm pistol in three different incidents on Jan. 7 has been arrested for the shootings after lab tests linked his handgun to shell casings found at each scene, according to police. 

Investigators arrested Dontaiven E. Drappeaux on Friday night — more than six months after a string of shootings in January led police to test a firearm in his possession. Officer Erin Spilker said LPD had been waiting on lab results before making the arrest.



At around 10 p.m. on Jan. 7, officers responded to a call of bullets being fired into a home near 17th and South streets, where 9 mm shell casings were recovered, Spilker said.

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About an hour later, officers were dispatched to a house near 43rd Street and Baldwin Avenue, where bullets of the same caliber and brand were shot into the home, Spilker said. 

Officers responded to a third shooting, just before midnight, near 27th and O streets. At that scene, Spilker said investigators found damage caused by gunshots at an apartment building and 9 mm shell casings that matched the brand of the first two shootings.

LPD officers later pulled over a silver Nissan Versa near 27th and Q streets, where a 20-year-old woman was found to have a suspended license. The vehicle was towed, Spilker said.

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During an inventory search of the Nissan, investigators found a 9 mm pistol underneath the front passenger seat, where Drappeaux, 22, had been seated, according to police.

Drappeaux was arrested in January and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing a police officer. He pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges and was out on bond. 

Drappeaux was arrested at his Lincoln home Friday on suspicion of three counts of discharging a firearm near a building and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He was taken to the Lancaster County Jail. 

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A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Andrew Wegley joined the Journal Star as breaking news reporter after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2021.

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