Two Lincoln police officers were wounded but are expected to survive, and one man was killed in what started as a traffic stop in northeast Lincoln Sunday night.

Police Chief Jim Peschong, speaking late Sunday outside the emergency department at Bryan West Campus, confirmed that a male officer suffered a gunshot wound and a female officer was physically assaulted.

Although one of the officers was expected to be hospitalized overnight, both will be OK, Peschong said.

Police did confirm that a man who witnesses saw lying in the street was shot to death in the confrontation with officers who originally responded to the area of 73rd and Adams streets on a report of suspicious activity.

"It's still pretty early," Peschong said. "We're really sorting through some things, trying to figure out what went on."

The situation started with a traffic stop on Adams Street about 9 p.m.

In a statement released early Monday morning, Lincoln police said officers contacted a man found to have a felony arrest warrant. While being taken into custody, the man produced a firearm, and gunfire was exchanged during the confrontation, police said.

The shooting happened in front of 2931 N. 73rd St.

Robert Lenzen lives next door.

"I was sitting in my living room watching TV," he said. "I thought there was fireworks, then there was police cars, there’s still a body in the street, looked like a policeman was shot ..."

First, Lenzen said, he heard two women screaming.

"Then all of a sudden you could hear this pop, pop, pop."

Officers surrounded the nearby home after the shooting and ultimately took five people into custody by 11 p.m. During the standoff, dozens of police cruisers were on the scene, and at one point, officers converged on the house with guns drawn.

By midnight, the area was fairly quiet, with half a dozen or so officers near the taped-off area waiting for crime scene investigators to complete their work.

Police said they had found everyone they were looking for.

One of the injured officers was taken to CHI St. Elizabeth, the other to Bryan West for treatment.

Police did not release names of the man killed, the officers involved or those individuals taken into custody. They expect to provide more information on Monday morning.

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Staff writer Michael Shoro contributed to this report.


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