Updated: Man Killed in Police Fire after Shooting at Trooper, Leading Officers in Chase


The Nebraska State Patrol says a man was killed Friday morning after shooting at a trooper who was responding to a domestic disturbance.

The agency says a trooper was called to a Columbus home around 1:30 a.m. Friday on reports of a domestic disturbance involving a man with a gun. The trooper tried to pull over vehicle that matched a description of the suspect's vehicle while on the way to the scene.

It was while the trooper was approaching the suspect's 2012 Dodge Ram pickup that the suspect fired shots at the trooper, who returned fire.

The pickup then sped away and a pursuit began.

The chase lasted around 10 minutes and ended when the pickup rammed a Platte County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Old Highway 30 west of Schuyler. The suspect then proceeded to back up into two more police cruisers.

That is when officers began to shoot at the suspect, killing 32-year-old Jason Van Buskirk, of Columbus.

One Schuyler officer was injured by flying glass and has since been treated and released.

The incident is being investigated. A grand jury will review the incident as is required by state law anytime someone dies while in custody or in the process of apprehension.