Suspect Killed, Deputy in Serious Condition After Officer-Involved Shooting

BIG SPRINGS, Neb. -- Nebraska State Patrol officials say a deputy is in serous condition and a suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting in western Nebraska.

Deuel County Attorney’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Big Springs.

On Thursday, Deuel County Sheriff’s Office deputies were attempting to serve arrest warrants out of Sedgwick, Colo. and Keith County, Neb., at a residence at 405 W. Cedar Street in Big Springs.

Officials say fight between the deputies and the suspect led to shots fired. One deputy and the suspect were both wounded.

Both men were transported to the Ogallala Community Hospital & Medical Center.

The suspect, identified as Neil S. Stretesky, 66, of Big Springs was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The deputy, identified as Michael Hutchinson, 52, Chappell, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, underwent surgery in Ogallala before being flown by medical helicopter in serious condition to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.

The investigation into the shooting continues. Nebraska law requires a grand jury be convened anytime someone dies while in custody or in the process of apprehension.