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(Neb)-Deputy Shoots, Kills Suspect During Rushville Palm Sunday Mass

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/14/2019 08:18 PM
RUSHVILLE - A Sheridan County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed an assault suspect Sunday morning during mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville. No church-goers were injured.

     The Nebraska State Patrol is conducting the investigation into the officer-involved death of 32-year old Clarence Leading Fighter. The name of the deputy has not been released.

      The State Patrol says deputies responded about 10:20 a-m to a Rushville residence where they found a victim with a broken arm

      Priest Joseph K Joseph told KNEB Radio that about 11:00 a man, later identified as Leading Fighter, burst into the church during Palm Sunday mass chased by a deputy.

       Father Joseph said he then heard multiple shots and that parishioners told him Leading Fighter had a knife in his hand, although the priest didn't see one.  The State Patrol says later passed away as a result of his wounds.

       Sheridan County Sheriff Jeff Brewer requested that the Patrol investigate the shooting and agency Public Affairs Director says the initial investigation indicates the deputy used deadly force to protect himself and the parishioners from potential serious harm.

      Nebraska law requires a grand jury be convened to investigate anytime someone dies while in custody or in the process of being arrested.


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