Suspect Found Dead In Jail Two Days After Motel Standoff

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Gage County Detention Center. Thirty-six-year-old Adam Wolken was found unresponsive in his cell just before 4 a.m. Saturday, a little more than 48 hours after being arrested following a standoff at a Beatrice motel.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan has not said how the Beatrice man died. The Nebraska State Patrol will investigate as state law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person dies in state custody or during the process of being detained.

Wolken was taken into custody around 2:45 a.m. Thursday after a standoff lasting nearly three-hours came to an end with his surrender. Police say Wolken was armed with a rifle and a handgun when he forced his way into a room at the Travelers Lodge motel where two women and a child were staying.

Wolken allegedly made several threats to shoot the three and himself before allowing the child and one of the women to leave. The other woman escaped from the room shortly thereafter.

One of the women later told police she and Wolken lived together and that he was upset about their relationship and threatened to shoot himself at their home Wednesday night. She said he also pointed a handgun at her while she was holding their 20-month-old son. She and the child went to the motel with another woman, but Wolken found them. She said he broke into their room and pointed a rifle at her.

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