Suspect in police shootout no stranger to law enforcement

The Hall County Sheriff's Office website lists two warrants for Jorge Robledo.

A shootout with police in Columbus wasn’t Jorje Robledo’s first run-in with law enforcement, according to court documents.

The 24-year-old is listed as Jorje or Jorge in cases in Hall and Platte Counties dating back to 2007.

According to court records, Robledo violated probation in that first juvenile case. It would be far from the last time during his time in Columbus and Grand Island.

There were two Hall County warrants for his arrest Thursday when officers were called to a house in Columbus on a tip he may be there - one for probation revocation for possession of a weapon by a prohibited person. The other is for failure to appear on a drug possession with intent to deliver charge.

In 2017, Robledo pled no contest to possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person as part of a plea deal that dismissed carrying a concealed weapon, driving under suspension, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. He was ordered to two years in prison with credit for 220 days served on September 26. On February 17, Robledo was released from the Department of Corrections and began post-release supervision. On April 9, the State asked a judge to review a probation violation on March 25. A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 16.

According to court records, Robledo was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension in the March incident.

A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for May 7, but records show Robledo didn’t show. Another warrant was issued for his arrest the same day.

Authorities said two officers were acting on a tip on Robledo’s warrants when they went to a Columbus house Thursday.

Following a shootout, the Columbus Police Department said Sgt. Brad Wangler was in stable condition Friday, but needed surgery for a neck wound. Robledo was in critical condition.

CPD said they and the Nebraska State Patrol are investigating.

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