- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man was armed with an unloaded rifle when he was fatally shot by deputies who forced their way into a house to remove him, the police chief said Monday.

Doug DaMoude, 64, had barricaded himself in his former residence on Friday afternoon, Chief Jim Peschong said. DaMoude had broken back into the home after he was evicted.

Two locksmiths accompanied deputies and disabled the locks before the deputies rammed into the house’s entryway, where they were confronted by DaMoude, Peschong said. One deputy grabbed the rifle and struggled with DaMoude, as two other deputies fired five shots, striking DaMoude four times, Peschong said. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a bullet to the head, Peschong said.

DaMoude had written his department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office over the past five weeks since he was evicted from the home, the chief said, saying he didn’t recognize their authority and would kill officers if they tried to break into his home.

Officers pulled 16 guns from the house after the shooting, Peschong said.

The deputies who shot at DaMoude are on paid leave until Sheriff Terry Wagner finishes investigating the shooting.

Wagner said he’ll be asking why the two locksmiths were on the porch when the deputies kicked in the door and shots were fired. The sheriff said he also wants to determine whether enough deputies were sent to handle DaMoude, considering the threats he’d made.

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