Officers Cleared in Alliance Standoff


A grand jury has cleared officers involved in the daylong standoff in Alliance that ended with the armed man dying in a shootout that also wounded three officers.

Box Butte County Attorney K.J. Hutchinson says the jury found no probable cause last week to files charges against any of the officers involved in the standoff.

Authorities say 27-year-old Andres Gonzales died after taking a pharmacist hostage at Thiele Pharmacy & Gifts in downtown Alliance on June 12. Three officers were wounded as was the pharmacist, who was hit as he escaped from the drugstore.

Court documents say Gonzalez told negotiators he killed 38-year-old Josh Bullock last December. Bullock's body was found near Chadron.

He also told his girlfriend he killed his father, 62-year-old Larry Gonzalez, before the standoff began.

A grand jury investigation is required whenever a person dies while in custody or in the process of being apprehended.