Hastings police Friday identified Kipp Pfeiffer as the man who killed himself at his home a day earlier as Lincoln police and State Patrol troopers tried to serve a search warrant in a child pornography case.

Police Capt. Mike Doremus told the Hastings Tribune that officers found the 49-year-old Pfeiffer dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a news release, Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said officers went to the house at about noon, knocked on the door and announced their presence.

They observed movement inside the home, but no one answered, he said. When officers entered, they found Pfeiffer dead.

No officers discharged a weapon, Thomas said. The patrol requested that the Hastings Police Department investigate the death.

The warrant was part of an investigation begun Sept. 29 by the Lincoln Police Department, according to officer Angela Sands, who spoke Friday at a media briefing.

She said the child pornography investigation originated in Lincoln after investigators were alerted about illicit images showing a teenage victim, but the suspect lived in Hastings, which is why LPD worked with the State Patrol to serve the warrant.

The warrant was part of the investigation to see if Pfeiffer had more child pornography, Sands said.

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