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Standoff at south Lincoln home ended when 35-year-old Lincoln man shot himself, police say
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Standoff at south Lincoln home ended when 35-year-old Lincoln man shot himself, police say


A 35-year-old Lincoln man who barricaded himself inside when the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force went to a home near 40th Street and Old Cheney Road to arrest him Tuesday ended the standoff when he shot himself, Lincoln police say.

Douglas Shaw was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Officer Erin Spilker said in a news release.

She said the task force had gone to a home in the 5500 block of South 42nd Street Court shortly before 9 a.m. to arrest Shaw on warrants for theft, strangulation and drug delivery charges.

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Spilker said investigators confirmed that Shaw was inside and armed with a gun, so the Lancaster County Tactical Response Unit was called in.

"After prolonged negotiations between Shaw and law enforcement, a single gunshot was heard from inside the residence. Investigators located Shaw with a gunshot wound to the head and immediately summoned medical units into the residence," she said.

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Lincoln Fire and Rescue personnel, who were stationed in the area, took him to a hospital, where he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

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Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner contacted the Lincoln Police Department and requested investigative assistance because this involved a serious in-custody injury.

Spilker said police crime scene technicians were processing the scene for evidence, and the preliminary investigation determined that no shots were fired by law enforcement.

A warrant went out for Shaw's arrest after he failed to appear for court last week on charges related to his arrest in February where police allegedly found him with a golf-ball sized amount of methamphetamine. 

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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