- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Law enforcement officers shot and wounded an armed 18-year-old during a chase that began when he jumped out of a car during a Lincoln traffic stop and ended across the street from the Nebraska Capitol, authorities said Tuesday.

Tareik Artis fled from the backseat of the car that a Lincoln police officer had stopped shortly after 1 p.m. about two blocks west of the Capitol, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

Wagner said the officer and other witnesses saw a pistol in Artis’ waistband, and the officer radioed for help. A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy spotted Artis outside the Capitol minutes later, and both the deputy and a deputy U.S. marshal fired their weapons when he refused to stop, Wagner said.

Artis was struck at least once, but Wagner said he didn’t know how many shots the deputies fired or where the Aris, of Lincoln, was hit. Witnesses told investigators that Artis pointed the gun at the sheriff’s deputy before they fired, Wagner said. Authorities detained Artis and he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. His condition wasn’t known.

Witnesses said they heard three or four shots before they saw the suspect lying on the ground in front of the Nebraska State Education Building on 14th Street, across the street from the Capitol.

Nebraska state Ombudsman Marshall Lux said he saw the suspect being chased by a police officer across the lawn in the southwest corner of the Capitol. The man then turned and ran into the street. Lux said he heard three shots but didn’t see the shooting.

Julie Nygren, an office manager at the Radcliffe and Associates lobbying firm next door, said she and her co-worker heard gunshots and locked their front door.

“We heard the shots, and immediately there were tons of cop cars in front of our building,” she said.

Nygren said she saw Artis lying handcuffed on the ground, making moaning sounds before emergency crews carried him to an ambulance in a stretcher. The man’s pants were bloody and he appeared to be hit in the upper thighs, she said.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said the vehicle that was stopped had three people inside and the other two occupants didn’t flee. Peschong said the officer recognized Artis because he had stopped him for speeding on July 23, but Artis had fled the scene.

The shooting took place less than a block from the governor’s residence. Gov. Pete Ricketts was in western Nebraska at the time.

Wagner said the deputy sheriff, who was not identified, has been placed on administrative leave. Lincoln police are investigating the shooting. The U.S. Marshal’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation.

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