The results of an internal investigation determined two Lancaster County Sheriff's Department deputies acted appropriately in the fatal shooting of a Lincoln man last Friday.
The investigation revealed the deputies followed the department's use of force policy, which authorizes deadly force to protect a deputy or others from what is reasonably believed to be a threat of death or serious harm. The investigation also revealed deputies followed the policy governing evictions.
Capt. Thomas Brookhouser and Sgt. Tommy Trotter fired the shots that killed 64-year-old Douglas DaMoude. He was holding an unloaded rifle when he was shot by deputies, who forced their way into his former residence to remove him. DaMoude had barricaded himself inside after running back into the house after being evicted.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said Monday that locksmiths disabled the locks and deputies rammed into the entryway where they were confronted by DaMoude. One deputy grabbed the rifle and struggled with DaMoude as Capt. Brookhouser and Sgt. Trotter fired five shots, hitting DaMoude four times.
Chief Peschong said DaMoude had previously written his department and the Lancaster County Sheriff's office, saying he didn't recognize their authority and would kill officers if they tried to break into his home.