The subject of a manhunt in northeast Nebraska shot himself Wednesday as federal and tribal officials tried to take him into custody on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation. He later died, according to a statement Thursday afternoon from the FBI in Omaha.
David Hoffman, 25, had been sought after authorities say he assaulted a police officer in the village of Niobrara and took the officer’s handgun. Niobrara is about 4 miles west of the reservation.
The FBI said the suspect refused to surrender peacefully and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The FBI did not disclose when Hoffman died.
Sandra Breault of the FBI, who issued the statement, said there is no indication that any of the officers on the scene discharged their weapons, and no law enforcement officers were injured.
Autopsy results are pending as are ballistic tests on the handgun used by Hoffman, the FBI said.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report about 1 p.m. Tuesday that a Niobrara police officer was assaulted at a housing complex while trying to arrest Hoffman on a Knox County warrant.
Hoffman was able to get the officer’s gun and then pointed it at him before running from the village, the Sheriff's Office said.
Law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the area but did not find him.
Niobrara schools and several businesses were put on lockdown during the search, officials said. A Santee school also was put on lockdown. And schools in Niobrara and Verdigre started late Wednesday morning to allow students to travel in daylight.
Nebraska court records indicate that Hoffman was wanted on a warrant charging him with burglary, a felony, and theft by receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. Court documents accuse Hoffman of entering Terry’s Hair Salon in Niobrara and taking blow-driers, curling irons, $75 in cash, and Black Hills Gold jewelry.
This report contains material from the World-Herald News Service.