The two Kansans who allegedly led Nebraska law officers on a high-speed chase last week that involved gunfire appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.
Michael Engstrom, 33, and Jamie Engstrom, 34, were ordered held without bail by Johnson County Court in Tecumseh, Neb. Attorneys were appointed for each.
County Attorney Julie D. Smith said she expects to file charges before the couple’s next court date, March 13.
Authorities said Michael Engstrom shot at officers at four locations during a Feb. 13 pursuit in southeast Nebraska at speeds up to 115 mph while his wife reloaded his pistol.
One sheriff’s deputy suffered a grazing ricochet wound before the chase ended with the couple’s arrests in a farm field near St. Mary.
Michael Engstrom is a suspect in a Feb. 13 shooting that left a man dead and a woman injured in Topeka, Kan.
The Nebraska episode started after a robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Pawnee City. A man with a gun fled in a car with no license plates, authorities said. A state trooper spotted a car matching the description and the pursuit ensued.
Michael Engstrom was booked on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, flight to avoid arrest, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and child abuse. His wife was booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting in attempted second-degree murder, aiding and abetting in flight to avoid arrest and child abuse.
Jamie Engstrom’s 14-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the car during the chase. She was placed in state foster care.
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