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Christopher W. Tidball clung to life for two days, but passed away Thursday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.

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Tidball reportedly shot himself as police closed in to arrest him for assault.

The case started at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday, when police went to lot #12 of the Patriot Mobile Home Park on East Philip. Witnesses told the dispatcher that they saw a man run away from the moblie home there, according to a sheriff's report.

Police found a woman bleeding heavily from her head. Witnesses said the woman was assaulted by her husband, Tidball, 26. The woman told police that she was kicked in the head with boots and beaten with a lamp.

She was taken by ambulance to the Great Plains Health medical center. 

Officers began searching for Tidball, planning to charge him with felony assault. About a half hour later, neighbors reported that Tidball had returned to the house.  

Officers went to the front of the home and had just stepped inside when Tidball apparently shot himself in another room, Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said.

With life threatening injuries, Tidball was taken to Great Plains Health and then to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he barely clung to life Wednesday morning.  

Because of the likelihood that Tidball would die, police turned the case over to the sheriff’s office.

Nebraska State Law requires a Grand Jury investigation anytime an individual dies while in custody of law enforcement. The grand jury relies on evidence that is gathered by impartial investigators.

Sheriff’s deputies processed evidence through the night and the investigation has continued since. Central Nebraska Forensic Services in Gibbon will conduct an autopsy next week, a sheriff's spokesman said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/18/2014
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