RUSHVILLE — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man just inside the doors of a church during Palm Sunday services in northwest Nebraska.

No other injuries were reported Sunday morning at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville. 

The Nebraska State Patrol says the man was suspected of an assault at another Rushville address and was spotted at the church. He's been identified as 32-year-old Clarence Leading Fighter.

It's unclear why he went to the church. The Rev. Joseph K. Joseph said Leading Fighter wasn't a parish member.

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The patrol says it appears the deputy shot Leading Fighter to protect himself and the parishioners. The patrol hasn't said whether the man was armed.


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