Former North Platte resident Doug DaMoude, 64, was shot and killed in Lincoln Friday by a deputy after officers went to his foreclosed home to force him out of it.
DaMoude reportedly answered the door with an unloaded .22 rifle.
Five shots were fired. DaMoude was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to a KLKN television report, four sheriff's deputies were serving a court order to evict DaMoude at 5901 English Park Ct. around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
A locksmith tried but failed to pick the lock, so the deputies kicked down the door.
Friends and family were shocked by what allegedly happened. They said DaMoude was a pleasant, fun-loving guy who loved the outdoors and wouldn’t hurt anything bigger than a fish.
"A struggle ensued, they told him to drop the weapon and shots were fired," Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said in a press conference.
Peschong says DaMoude had been sending mail to the police department and sheriff's office for weeks, threatening to use deadly force on officers that tried to enter his home.
He said 16 other weapons were found in the residence.
DaMoude's friend Bob McFarland of North Platte said they were pals in high school, and DaMoude attended the funeral of McFarland’s mother in August. DaMoude said he spent so much time at McFarlands as a kid that he felt close to her.
McFarland said DaMoude was competitive but was basically a big guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone. He was a 225-pound tackle on the football team and held the North Platte High School record in the discus for awhile. He sang at the McFarland's wedding.
“He was a nice guy, always smiling,” McFarland said. “I can honestly say that he never got in any fights.”
“There were 4-5 of us who hung out together,” he said. “We hunted and fished a lot.”
“He was an awesome brother,” DaMoude's sister Janet King of North Platte said. “I was 5-6 years older than him and I took care of him when we were kids. There was not a mean streak in his body.”
DaMoude bought the house in Lincoln in 1998, and received a three-day notice on Dec. 9 to vacate because it was sold in foreclosure, according to KLKN television report that cited county records.
“Maybe he was just not going to give up on his home,” McFarland said.
Two of the deputies were placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation, Peschong said.
"It's a shame," McFarland said.
DaMoude was born March 30, 1950 at North Platte to Harrison and Oleta (Miller) DaMoude. He lived in Wellfleet until he was 5 when the family moved to North Platte, according to his obituary.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the First Lutheran Church of Lincoln, where he was an active member.
He attended Cody, North Platte Jr. and Sr. High School. He attended and played football at the University of South Dakota. He moved to Lincoln after college and lived there until his death. He was an avid outdoorsman and a Husker fan. He spent many hours hunting and fishing with family and friends.
He is survived by sisters Beverly (Harry) Armbrust of Omaha and Janet King of North Platte and brother Chuck (Maggie) DaMoude of Hershey.
Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.