Tuesday update: Authorities have released the name of the man who is believed to have led police on a car chase from Gothenburg to north of Hershey.
Thirty-year-old Luke Lefever, who was shot by officers near a farmhouse north of Hershey on Monday, is in an Omaha hospital, according to Lt. Steve Reeves of the North Platte Police Department.
In a brief press release, Reeves said the hospital does not release any information for trauma patients.
NORTH PLATTE — A pursuit began Monday morning in Gothenburg after a suspect fled after a struggle with a Dawson County sheriff’s deputy and a Gothenburg police officer.
At 8:27 a.m., the Dawson County deputy called for assistance while investigating a suspicious vehicle northwest of Gothenburg, according to a press release from North Platte Police Lt. Steve Reeves.
Reeves said the deputy and a Gothenburg police officer struggled with a man while trying to take him into custody.
“The suspect fled on foot and confronted a nearby property owner,” Reeves said. “The suspect stole a UTV from the resident, and Dawson County authorities initiated a pursuit as the suspect took off across rural property driving the UTV.”
The suspect stopped at another rural residence and stole a 2003 Chevrolet pickup with an attached utility trailer from the property owner, according to the press release.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted as the pursuit entered Lincoln County on Interstate 80. The suspect continued west on I-80, eventually leaving the highway and continuing his flight on county roads.
The pursuit continued on the south side of North Platte, resulting in an accident at U.S. Highway 83 and State Farm Road. Law enforcement lost sight of the suspect’s vehicle for a short time but later located it west of North Platte on U.S. Highway 30. The suspect eventually went off-road near North Parkway Road and West Suburban Road north of Hershey.
The suspect drove on private property for a short time and then tried to get back onto the roadway. As he did so, he appeared to purposely ram a law enforcement vehicle and then backed in the direction of other officers, according to the press release.
Law enforcement officers fired shots, and the suspect continued to flee across a field. The vehicle slowly came to a stop, and law enforcement officers cautiously approached the pickup, Reeves said. The officers confirmed that the suspect had suffered gunshot wounds, and Emergency Medical Services were immediately dispatched to the scene.
The Hershey, Sutherland and North Platte fire department responded.
The 30-year-old suspect was taken by ambulance to Great Plains Health and later flown to an Omaha hospital.
Reeves said the Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the North Platte Police Department are investigating at the direction of the Lincoln County attorney.