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Lincoln man arrested hours after firing gun, fleeing police, LPD says
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Lincoln man arrested hours after firing gun, fleeing police, LPD says

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About 11 hours after a 26-year-old man told police an acquaintance had grown angry and fired a gun inside his central Lincoln home, investigators with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspected shooter. 

Robert Rodriguez, 31, had been visiting the home before an argument erupted between him and the man. When Rodriguez was asked to leave, he pulled a gun and shot through a door, Officer Erin Spilker said. 

By the time police arrived at the house near 16th and Washington streets at about 2 a.m. Monday, Rodriguez had left, though investigators found the interior door that had been shot, Spilker said. 

Hours later, at about 1 p.m., fugitive task force members identified Rodriguez as the passenger in a car near Second and Belmont streets, where he fled the car with a handgun and backpack.

Police arrested Rodriguez after he'd discarded the weapon and bag during a foot pursuit. Inside the backpack, police found a 12-inch machete, a pry bar, bolt cutters and ammunition, Spilker said. 

Rodriguez, who was wanted on three local warrants, was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of burglar's tools and obstructing an officer. 

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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