Police say suspect killed himself after chase


    An investigation is underway after police say a 61-year-old man took his own life after a pursuit.

    According to Lexington Police Chief Tracy Wolf, law enforcement received a report of a man allegedly threatening another person with a firearm in the area of Highway 30 near Overton just before 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

    Wolf said the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska State Patrol responded and a man matching the reported description was found east of Overton.

    "The subject led responding law enforcement on a brief low speed pursuit and ultimately took his own life before law enforcement could initiate contact," said Wolf in a statement.

    According to police, the man was Joseph D. Bauer. He was living in his vehicle and considered homeless.

    The case has been referred to was referred to South Central Area Law Enforcement Services, or SCALES. Investigators from the Lexington Police Department, Kearney Police Department and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office were assigned and responded to the area to conduct the investigation.

    "This case is still under investigation and will be referred to the Dawson County Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury review per state statute," said Wolf.

    In Nebraska, a grand jury is required when someone dies in law enforcement custody.

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