Deputy injured, suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Bayard

BAYARD - A Morrill County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning in Bayard.

The suspect, Larry Hunt, 58, of Bayard, was shot by two deputies. The Nebraska State Patrol says Hunt became combative toward officers while the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING) served a search warrant at his residence at 123 2nd Ave. at 11:30 a.m.

Sheriff Milo Cardenas says the suspect was treated on scene by officers and transferred to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon. 

The condition of the deputy and details on how he was injured were not released by authorities. 

“It’s still a very fluid situation and we wouldn’t want to comment without being completely accurate on what went on,” State Patrol Troop E Captain Kurt Von Minden said in a press conference Tuesday. “We want to make sure that when we do comment we have all the facts in front of us.”

The two deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. Cardenas says they will continue to work with other agencies, including the State Patrol and local police departments, to ensure public safety until the investigation concludes and his deputies can return to work.

Cardenas says there was never a threat to public safety.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office and Morrill County Attorney have requested the Nebraska State Patrol conduct an investigation into the incident.

Nebraska State Statute requires a grand jury to convene for any in-custody death.

Alexah Fort contributed to this story.