- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - Sidney’s police chief says a Nebraska State Patrol investigation has essentially cleared two officers who fatally shot a man armed with a knife.

The Sidney Sun-Telegraph reports (https://bit.ly/1FSdaUr ) that Sgt. Chad Borgmann and Officer Austin Smith have returned to duty after being put on paid leave following the April shooting of 44-year-old Dana Hlavinka. Chief B.J. Wilkinson said Monday that patrol investigators concluded that the officers followed policy.

A grand jury will be convened to examine the case, which is required after someone dies in police custody or while being arrested.

The officers had responded to a domestic dispute on April 19 at a Sidney residence, where a bleeding woman had been seen running away. The officers entered the home and were confronted by Hlavinka, who was holding a knife.


Information from: Sidney Sun-Telegraph, https://www.suntelegraph.com



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