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Man dead following standoff in Adams

A home on Elm Street in Adams where a standoff occurred with law enforcement.
A home on Elm Street in Adams where a standoff occurred with law enforcement.(KOLN)
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 12:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 4:36 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (Press Release) - The Nebraska State Patrol is able to release additional information regarding an incident that occurred overnight in Adams. The incident, which occurred at 811 Elm Street, led to a standoff of several hours.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Monday, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the NSP SWAT Team in response to an ongoing situation at 811 Elm Street in Adams. Deputies had previously responded to a domestic violence incident after receiving a 911 call from the victim. The initial 911 call came in at approximately 8:10 p.m.

The victim reported that her husband, Thomas Sharp, 40, had hit her several times and pointed a gun at her. When he pointed the gun at her, she pushed it away, but Sharp fired the weapon, striking the victim in the hand. At that point she was able to flee the home to safety. Her three children were also able to flee the home unharmed.

After the NSP SWAT Team was activated, numerous attempts were made to contact the suspect. No contact was established, and the SWAT team breached the front door using a light armored vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Sharp was located inside the home, deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The entire incident lasted approximately nine hours.

The victim was transported to Bryan Medical Center West Campus for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The children are with family. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Gage County Attorney has requested that NSP investigate the incident. NSP was assisted by the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Adams Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and the Gage County Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.

The scene of a standoff outside a home in Adams near 8th & Elm Streets.
The scene of a standoff outside a home in Adams near 8th & Elm Streets.(Ryan Swanigan (KOLN))

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