UPDATE: Friday afternoon, the news wires reported that a grand jury has cleared a Dorchester native and DHS graduate -- Roger Wolfe Jr., who now serves as a York police officer -- involved in the shooting death of a 53-year-old during a confrontation late last year. The grand jury found no criminal conduct in the Dec. 10 shooting death of Timothy Case at York General Hospital.
Officers were called to the hospital because Case was threatening staff and an emergency room doctor with a knife. When Officers Roger Wolfe Jr. and Christopher Jespen arrived, Case refused orders to drop his knife. Case was shot once as he advanced on Wolfe while holding the knife. State law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person is killed in custody or while being arrested.
Another reminder the world is getting a little less safe, even in small-town Nebraska.
This past weekend, a Dorchester native and DHS graduate Roger Wolfe Jr., who now serves as a York police officer, was involved in a dangerous situation at York General Hospital in York, Neb.
According to the York News-Times, a 53-year-old York man was shot and killed at the York hospital when Wolfe and another York policeman were dispatched to the hospital "as a man was reportedly wielding a knife and threatening hospital staff."
According to the newspaper and the York police chief, "when they arrived, they issued the command for him to drop his knife, but he continued to threaten staff and was also threatening the police officers. They deployed a taser on the subject two times, both times to no avail. The subject continued to be threatening and was refusing to drop his weapon. At that point, they also attempted to deploy chemical means, using pepper spray, but again to no avail."
"Officers repeated commands for him to stop and drop his weapon, but he refused and the threatening behavior advanced toward officers. At that point, the man was shot by one of the officers."
The man, identified as Timothy Case, was transported by helicopter to Bryan LGH in Lincoln, where he died.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. According to the York police chief, "the administrative leave is by no means a disciplinary action. The officers did all they could to diffuse the situation before having to take the action they did. They did all they could and this administrative leave is simply protocol."
This is just another reminder of the world we live in today and the dangers facing our police officers on a daily basis.