A 25-year-old Santee, Nebraska, man remained on the loose Wednesday morning after assaulting a law enforcement officer in Niobrara.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office released updated information on the search for David Hoffman on its Facebook page.
The release said the Sheriff’s Office received a report about 1 p.m. Tuesday that a Niobrara police officer was assaulted at some low-income housing units while attempting to arrest Hoffman on a Knox County warrant.
Hoffman was able to disarm the police officer. He than pointed the officer’s handgun at him before escaping from the village on foot and into the river bottom along the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers.
No shots were fired and Hoffman kept the officer’s handgun.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol troopers, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Santee Sioux Nation Tribal Police reported to the river bottom area. Authorities then searched the area without finding Hoffman.
Niobrara schools and several businesses were put on lockdown during the search, officials said, and some vehicles were searched on the edge of town.
A Santee school was also put on lockdown and the Verdigre schools were notified of the situation. A basketball game scheduled Tuesday evening in Verdigre was called off.
The Sheriff’s Office evacuated employees from the Niobrara State Park. Three employee residences, 15 cabins and numerous outbuildings at the park were searched.
The search continued until about 10 p.m. Tuesday, when it was decided that Hoffman had left the area.
Niobrara and Verdigre schools started late Wednesday morning to allow students to travel in daylight. Information shared with students and parents indicated that officials believed Hoffman was no longer in the area.