ALLIANCE, Neb. --- A Box Butte County grand jury has found no wrongdoing in the death of a gunman who held police at bay for 12 hours.
Box Butte County Attorney Kathleen Hutchinson says the grand jury reached a "no true bill" in the June 12 death of Andres "Andy" Gonzalez. The date the grand jury convened has not yet been released.
Hutchinson conducted the investigation and the grand jury proceedings in the death of Gonzalez. Gonzalez had barricaded himself in the Thiele's Pharmacy building after allegedly walking into the business with a weapon on the morning of June 12.
Pharmacist Charles Lierk, 62, and three law enforcement officers suffered injuries during the stand-off. Gonzalez died as officers entered the pharmacy in an attempt to apprehend him.
Gonzalez is also a suspect in the death of his father, Lawrence "Larry" Gonzalez, whom authorities found dead on the morning of the standoff. He has also been tied to the death of Joshua Bullock, 38, of Denver. Gonzalez is believed to have been killed in early December 2011.
Though grand jury proceedings are closed to the public, the dates of the grand jury proceedings have also been kept confidential. Nebraska state statute requires a grand jury be convened whenever a person dies while being apprehended by law enforcement or while in custody of law enforcement.
--- World-Herald News Service