A deputy from Richardson County, Nebraska was shot while conducting a traffic stop early Monday morning. The assailant remains on the run.
Richardson County Sheriff Randy Houser says Deputy Josh Nincehelser noticed a disabled car on County Road 717, just west of Highway 75.
Deputy Nincehelser approached the vehicle trying to speak to the motorist but the man didn't speak English. That is when the man opened fire and then took off west down the road.
The bullets went through Nincehelser's windshield. One struck the deputy in the upper arm but that didn't stop him from pursuing the shooter.
After a nearly four-mile chase, Nincehelser ended the pursuit because he was injured, and the cruiser was damaged.
Alan McMichael, who lives nearby, told us, “He took off chasing him, which takes strength to do that and courage to go after him. Because if you have been shot you just want to avoid getting shot again. They do their job and they do it well."
News like this is hitting the community hard.
Felicia Ford and Amber McMichael work in the area.
Felicia said, “It’s shocking.”
Amber called it, “Scary,” and added, “It’s coming even to the small towns these days."
The deputy’s family says he is recovering and is able to talk. Each person we spoke with wanted to let Nincehelser know they are thinking of him.
Felicia said, "I hope he gets better and I hope they find him."
Alan McMichael told us, "We look forward to him getting back on his feet again. And getting back to feeling good, and getting back to his job."
The Richardson County Sheriff says the suspect may be driving a silver or gold Dodge Neon without license plates.
Several agencies are searching for him. If you have any tips on the suspect or the crime, call the Richardson County Sheriff's Department at 402-245-2479 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-471-4545.
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