Officer-involved shooting

A Lincoln police officer crouches behind a squad car with weapon drawn after an officer-involved shooting near 73rd and Adams streets Sunday night.

Police on Tuesday confirmed the identities of three officers involved in a struggle that left a suspect dead outside a northeast Lincoln home Sunday night.

Officer Matthew Gilleland was shot and Officer Angela Morehouse was assaulted while struggling with a 29-year-old Central City man, who was shot and killed.

Sgt. Bradley Junker went to 2931 N. 73rd St. about 8:45 Sunday evening and approached Zachary Grigsby as he sat in a car in the driveway, Chief Jim Peschong said.

Junker thought the car had stolen plates and planned to cite Grigsby for possession of stolen property when a routine check revealed he was wanted on felony warrants out of Merrick County, Peschong said.

As Gilleland and Morehouse arrived to provide back-up, Junker tried to take Grigsby to the squad car for a search. But Grigsby told him he wasn't going to jail, Peschong said.

At some point during the struggle that followed, Grigsby put Morehouse in a headlock and punched her, ultimately pulling a small-caliber handgun he was carrying, the chief said.

He fired, Peschong said, and hit Gilleland in the right arm.

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Two officers shot back, killing Grigsby, Peschong said.

He declined to say which officers fired their guns. All three are on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Gilleland, 23, was to be released from the hospital Tuesday. Morehouse, 34, was released Monday after treatment.

Gilleland joined the department in June 2014; Morehouse in February 2012.

Junker, who wasn't injured in the incident, joined the force in December 2005.

All three are members of the department's Northeast Team.

LPD will investigate whether a crime was committed during the shooting, then turn the matter over to the Lancaster County Attorney's Office before the case is presented to a grand jury as is required by state law whenever someone dies in custody or while being apprehended.

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Staff writer Michael Shoro contributed to this report.


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