A 40-year old Minatare man is dead after leading Dawes County Deputies on a short chase and then apparently killing himself.
Just after 11 p.m. (MDT), Tuesday, Chad Sorensen, 40, brandished a handgun at deputies in the 200 block of Main Street in Crawford. Sorensen then fled in a 2007 Honda Civic. Deputies attempted to stop him, chasing him at speeds of 35 miles per hour, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
At approximately 11:17 p.m., Sorensen stopped in the southbound lane of Nebraska Highway 2/71, approximately two miles south of Crawford, Collins said. Dawes County Deputies, with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Chadron Police, circled around the vehicle and attempted to contact Sorensen.
Nearly four hours later, just after 3 a.m. Wednesday, law officers used a tactical shield to approach the vehicle and found Sorensen dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Collins said.
The Nebraska State Patrol Investigative Services Division is investigating and will forward reports once completed to the Dawes County Attorney. An autopsy will be conducted.
State law requires a Grand Jury be convened whenever anyone dies while in the process of apprehension or in custody of law enforcement.
Law officers were assisted by the Nebraska Department of Roads in closing Highway 2/71 during the incident and investigation. Highway 2/71 opened to traffic at approximately 7 a.m., Collins said.