Nebraska trooper wounded, man killed in overnight shootout in Juniata

JUNIATA, Neb. (AP) — A state trooper has been wounded and a suspect killed in an early-morning shootout with police Wednesday in south-central Nebraska, authorities said. The Nebraska State Patrol said 35-year-old Brooks Hacker died after firing several shots at law enforcement and wounding a trooper.

A woman called 911 Tuesday night to report a man firing a gun outside a home in Juniata, a village of about 800, and keeping her trapped inside, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release.

Troopers and Adams County sheriff’s deputies surrounded the home, and the woman escaped a short time later. That led to a barrage of gunfire from the home, the patrol said, with some shots hitting police vehicles and officials unsuccessfully tried to negotiate with Hacker.

Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper was shot in the arm and was taken to a Hastings hospital, where he was treated and released, officials said. Hacker continued firing at police from inside the house for about an hour before being driven out by tear gas canisters fired into the home by police.

The patrol said Hacker came out of the home holding a gun and was shot by a patrol SWAT team member. The patrol said Hacker died at the scene in Juniata, about 97 miles west of Lincoln.

Officials didn't immediately release the name of the wounded trooper, who has since been released from the hospital.