One person is in custody in Alliance in connection with an extended incident Saturday morning that included a high-speed pursuit, 2 attempted carjackings, and a police officer firing their without hitting anyone. No names have been released.
Police Chief Phillip Lukens says it all began about midnight with an attempt traffic stop that turned into a high-speed chase called off because of the danger posed by the extreme driving of the suspect.
A short time later, while one officer was headed to report of an attempted carjacking at knifepoint and another was pulling into the police station with a prisoner, a driver pulled into the same parking lot at a high rate of speed screaming for help while being chased and rammed by the vehicle from the earlier pursuit.
An altercation ensued and the officer in the parking lot fired their service weapon. The suspect fled and additional officers were called. One of them spotted a fight downtown at 3rd and Box Butte that proved to be another knifepoint carjack by the same suspect, but this time they were arrested without incident.
The investigation into the officer firing their weapon has been turned over to the Nebraska State Patrol with evidence that includes body cam footage that will be released by Alliance police when deemed appropriate by the Box Butte County Attorney.
Chief Lukens issued a statement afterward, saying police officers are sometimes called to act as guardian angels and at other times are warriors fighting to help others with an “almost superhuman” effort needed most times to fit in-between the two.
Lukens said his officers were both angels and warriors in this case to apprehend a suspect as safely as possible while protecting the citizens of Alliance – adding that he appreciates the dedication of the officers in doing so.