Victim killed in Cass County officer-involved shooting brother of man who disappeared in 2018

Nebraska State Patrol is investigating Sunday night’s incident
Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 1:23 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska State Patrol investigators are looking into an officer-involved shooting in Alvo that left a 34-year-old man dead at a residence Sunday night.

The NSP report states that at about 11 p.m., Cass County deputies responded to an assault call involving a son who had reportedly struck his father in the head, who left the home and called 911.

Cass County deputies were told the son, Andrew Stratton, was armed and in the basement, the NSP report states.

“During the course of negotiations, a deputy fired his weapon, striking Stratton,” according to the report.

A trooper arriving at the scene said gunshots were heard outside the residence on arrival, prompting the trooper to rush into the home and assist deputies with life-saving measures, the release states.

Investigators said they found a bow and arrow and a long knife at the scene.

Stratton was the brother of Josh Stratton, reported missing in 2018. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Josh was off his meds and his mother, Wendy Guida, has been working to piece together clues from his disappearance and posting reminders on the anniversaries of his death.

She said Sunday’s incident is almost too much to take.

Shortly after midnight, she got a phone call from her ex-husband.

“Greg said the Cass County Sheriff just shot and killed Andy in my basement,” she told 6 News.

She said she got into her car and drove seven hours from her home in Oklahoma to get to the scene.

“I kept crying and praying all that all the way here,” she said.

Investigators were still at the scene Monday afternoon. NSP released some information, but it didn’t explain exactly what happened.

According to the state patrol, a deputy fired his weapon during negotiations, killing Andrew Stratton. Guida said her son suffered from schizophrenia and was off his meds.

This isn’t the first time she has had to deal with tragedy. The last few years have been difficult for her.

She believes her son, Josh, was the victim of foul play, and losing two sons in less than five years has pushed her to the limit.

“It’s just like a nightmare that never ends,” she said. “I don’t even know — I just tell God, ‘I cant do this; you’re going to have to do this for me. Right now, I can’t do it ... Two of ‘em. I was a good mom.”

NSP’s Special Investigations Team is looking into Sunday’s incident.

All in-custody deaths in Nebraska require a grand jury proceeding, according to state law.

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