COLUMBUS, Neb. (Columbus News
Team) -- A
Columbus Police Officer and a suspect were both shot in a confrontation
Thursday evening. The officer is said to be in stable condition, recovering at
an Omaha hospital.
Credit: Columbus News Team
Columbus Police were serving a
warrant at around 7:45 p.m. when the officer was confronted by an armed suspect
with a rifle. Gunfire was exchanged, and the officer was shot twice, according
the Nebraska State Patrol. The suspect was also shot.
Both were treated at a Columbus hospital.
The officer was then transferred to Omaha. The medical helicopter landed in
Omaha around 10 p.m. Thursday.
Identities were not immediately
released. There is no word yet on the condition of the suspect.
Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley issued the
“The citizens of Columbus are praying
for the officer and his entire family. This man represents the very best of our
community and put his life on the line tonight so that we can live safely in
the town we love. The Columbus Police Department is a family and right now this
crew of dedicated public servants and community members is benefitting from an
out-pouring of unconditional support that is amazing.”