A man went on a rampage just before noon Tuesday near the border of Pierce and Antelope counties, ramming buildings and police cars until a state trooper shot him. A trooper was injured in the fracas, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
Just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, the patrol received a call for help from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office because a man was creating a disturbance after he was turned away from the Zion Lutheran School, Collins said.
The man, Aaron D. White, 38, wanted to remove his children from the school, Collins said.
White was driving a semi-trailer truck, left the school and drove to a convenience store in nearby Plainview, which is about 35 miles from Norfolk. He threatened to hurt himself and others at the store, she said.
White then drove about 10 miles west to his farm northeast of Brunswick, where he set fire to the semi, Collins said. Then he drove a red farm tractor into outbuildings, a vehicle and several fuel tanks on his property.
Apparently not satisified, he drove the tractor across a field to another farm where he damaged outbuildings there, Collins said.
As law officers arrived, White tried to run into a Pierce County Sheriff’s unit and then tried to ram a Nebraska State Patrol vehicle driven by Trooper Brian Detlefsen, 34.
Trooper Dain Hicks, 41, shot and hit the man, who finally gave up, Collins said.
White was taken by ambulance to the Plainview hospital and then flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in his right side. Collins said he will be jailed when he recovers, charged with assault of an officer.
Detlefsen was cut on the head, bruised and taken by ambulance to a hospital in Creighton, where he was treated and released.