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The man shot and killed by law enforcement in north Lincoln Thursday morning was a convicted rapist wanted for allegedly breaking a man’s eye socket with a drill.

Tyson Damian Hubbard, a 34-year-old Omaha man, was leaving the Motel 6 near 27th Street and Fletcher Avenue when four officers with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force tried to arrest him as he was getting into a vehicle, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

Hubbard struggled, and an officer shot him, Wagner said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. He declined to identify the officer or say which agency the officer works for.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong also declined to say if one of his officers fired the shot that killed Hubbard.

“There are just some things we need to keep close to the vest,” Wagner said. “The investigation is very, very new.”

The three agencies serving the warrant were the Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Office, which, among other law enforcement agencies, make up the task force.

Investigators found a gun in Hubbard’s vehicle, but Wagner declined to say if he was reaching for it when the officer shot him.

He did say that Hubbard, who was staying at the motel, didn’t have a weapon on him.

Officers on the scene did chest compressions before rescue crews took Hubbard to a Lincoln hospital by ambulance just before 11:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.

Pathologists plan to do an autopsy Friday, the sheriff said.

Hubbard was in prison from April 2009 to April 2012 for first-degree sexual assault out of Douglas County and is a lifetime sexual offender. He was not on parole at the time of his death.

“He was not a new person to area law enforcement,” Peschong said.

Wagner’s deputies will investigate the shooting, and turn over their findings to a grand jury. By state law, Hubbard’s death triggers a grand jury investigation and appointment of a special prosecutor.

Wagner said he placed the deputies involved in the shooting on paid administrative leave, which is policy.

Peschong said LPD has a similar policy. He said a Lincoln police officer was at the scene, but would not say if that officer has been placed on leave.

In late January, Hubbard beat a 29-year-old man with a drill, breaking his eye socket, which required stitches to close the wounds, Lincoln police said.

Prosecutors charged him with second-degree assault late last month and Hubbard posted bond to get out of jail. But he missed a court appearance Tuesday, so a Lancaster County judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Task force members research each fugitive to figure out the likelihood they’ll resort to violence, Wagner said. He declined to say what they found out about Hubbard before trying to serve the warrant.

The last officer-involved shooting in Lincoln was in 2014.

Sheriff's Capt. Thomas Brookhouser and Sgt. Tommy Trotter shot and killed Doug DaMoude in June as they tried to evict him. DaMoude, 64, had barricaded himself inside his former home and when four deputies forced their way in, he pointed a gun at them.

Deputies fired five shots, hitting DaMoude four times. He died at the scene.

In 2009, Lincoln Police Officer John Brandl shot and killed 45-year-old Earl Russell, an escaped inmate who charged Brandl at Oak Lake Park with a foot-long Bowie knife.

The year before, a Lincoln police officer shot and killed 38-year-old Scott Gannon, who made threatening moves toward the officer with a knife in his hand, police said at the time.

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