No Wrongdoing In Death Of Motel Standoff Suspect

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

A Gage County, Nebraska grand jury Tuesday found no criminal conduct caused or contributed to the death of an inmate in February.

Twenty-six-year-old Adam Wolken was found unresponsive in his cell just before 4 a.m. on February 15th and could not be revived. He'd been arrested two days earlier following a standoff lasting nearly three-hours at the Travelers Lodge motel in Beatrice.

Police say Wolken held two women and a 20-month old child hostage before surrendering. He'd been armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun.

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. 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.

State law requires a grand jury investigation whenever a person dies in custody or in the process of being detained.

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