Three hours after a Lincoln County grand jury was sworn in Tuesday morning, they found the North Platte police acted properly in the death of Jesse R. Hornbacher of North Platte.Hornbacher, 27, fatally shot himself on Dec. 11.
Police received a report around 7:30 that night that Hornbacher was barricaded in his home with loaded guns. Officers surrounded the house at 918 N. Walnut and attempted to talk Hornbacher, but after a short standoff, Hornbacher fatally shot himself. Police said they heard a single gunshot and when they went inside, they found Hornbacher dead.
He appeared to have died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound, police spokesman Rodney Brown said the next morning.
Police first received the call around 7:30 p.m., asking them to check on Hornbacher's welfare.
Shortly after the gunshot, officers deployed a tactical robot into the home. Subsequently, they entered and found Hornbacher dead.
Because Hornbacher was not free to leave the house at the time of the incident, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office conducted an independent investigation to review the facts of the case.
The grand jury session began at 9 p.m. when the jurors were sworn in. They listened to witnesses and deliberated the evidence. The jury adjourned about 12:15 p.m., according to the district court clerk.
A grand jury is a closed hearing where the facts of the case are presented. The sheriff's office submitted the findings of the investigation to Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling, who conducted the hearing.