UPDATE: Police officer, suspect injured in Columbus shooting

Sgt. Brad Wangler (Columbus, NE Police Department)

An officer with the Columbus Police Department and the man he was trying to arrest are in the hospital Friday, trying to recover from gunshot wounds.

According to CPD, Sgt. Brad Wangler and another officer had been called to 3410 16th Street about 7:30 p.m. Thursday after an anonymous report that a wanted person was there.

The department said, “in the course of the contact with the suspect, 24-year-old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued."

Police said Robledo was initially armed with a handgun, but later transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.

According to CPD, both Wangler and Robledo were taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.

“The family of the Columbus Police Department and the Community of Columbus offer their prayers and support to Sergeant Brad Wangler and his family,” the department posted on Facebook Friday.


They said Wanger is a 19-year veteran of the department. He is married and has two kids.

The incident will now be jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.

NSP posted on Twitter just after midnight, saying, "the last update we heard was positive. We pray the next is even better.” In the tweet they also mentioned NSP SWAT had cleared the scene.

CPD said the Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department also provided support.


Check back for more on this developing story.

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