Kearney authorities investigating Sunday's police shooting and pursuit

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KEARNEY, Neb.-- Buffalo County Sheriff June 7, 2016

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer involved shooting incident which occurred at 306 E 6th St in Kearney, NE on the evening of June 5, 2016. The incident occurred at approximately 7:08 PM.

According to preliminary investigation, City of Kearney Police Officer Derek Payton was on duty and performing uniformed patrol, Officer Payton had contacted a white 1996 Pontiac 4 door vehicle in the gravel business drive of Johnson Lawn and Landscape located at 306 E 6th Street in Kearney. Officer Payton was alone in his patrol vehicle; the Pontiac was occupied by two persons. Jose Rueben Klich, age 35, of Kearney was the driver, and the passenger was Amanda Journey, age 31, also of Kearney. Klich and Journey are acquaintances.

During the contact, the Pontiac vehicle attempted to flee the scene prior to the conclusion of the traffic stop. During this time, 3 rounds were fired by the officer which struck the vehicle front windshield and rear window of the vehicle. As the vehicle was fleeing the scene, it struck a corner of the patrol car. The officer then returned to his patrol vehicle and began to pursue the car.

A motor vehicle pursuit ensued. At the intersection of 17th Street and 5th Ave, the officer’s vehicle collided with a 2013 Dodge Dart passenger vehicle driven by Mattie Davis, age 25 of Kearney, NE. Both vehicles were totaled. Ms. Mattie Davis was transported from the scene to CHI-GSH.

During this same time frame, the Pontiac vehicle collided with a building at the northeast corner of 19th Street and 5th Avenue. The driver, Jose Klich, fled the vehicle and was located approximately one half block east of that location. He was discovered to have a single gunshot wound to the torso. An ambulance was called to scene and he was transported to the emergency room at CHI-GSH. The passenger, Ms. Journey, was contacted at the vehicle and transported to CHI-GSH as well where she was treated and released.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation with investigators of the South Central Area Law Enforcement Services (SCALES).
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Buffalo County Sheriff June 6, 2016:

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer involved shooting incident which occurred at 306 E 6th St in Kearney, NE on the evening of June 5, 2016. The incident occurred at approximately 7:08 PM. Jose Rueben Klich, age 35, received a single gunshot wound to the torso. He was transported to CHI – GSH by paramedics where he remains at this time.
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Kearney Police Department June 5, 2016

Officer Involved in Shooting
An Officer with the Kearney Police Department was involved in a shooting incident this evening, Sunday, June 5.

The Officer made contact with a vehicle near Johnson Lawn and
Landscape located at 306 East 6th Street in Kearney, NE. A confrontation occurred and shots were fired. A pursuit ensued with the Officer colliding with an uninvolved vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued on, striking a building at 18th and 5th Avenue in Kearney.
The suspect vehicle driver was found to have been shot and was transported to CHI-Good Samaritan Hospital.

A female passenger was also transported as was the other female who
had been operating the vehicle that collided with the Officer at 17th and 5th Avenue. The status of these individuals in not known at this time as they remain under care. The Officer was transported to CHI-Good Samaritan Hospital to be checked over due to the collision.

The investigation of this incident will be done by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and the Buffalo County Attorney’s office. No further statements will be made at this time.

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