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Date: June 2, 2014

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James Peschong, Chief of Police, 402.441.7237
Officer Katie Flood, Public Information, 402.441.7226

Lincoln Police Investigate Shooting

On Friday, May 30, 2014, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office deputies were serving a Writ of Restitution at the residence of 5901 English Park Court. The past owner of the house, 64 year old Douglas DaMoude, was evicted on April 22, 2014. Afterward, he returned to the property and took up residence. A 72 hour notice was later placed on the home, instructing Douglas DaMoude to leave the property.

After the initial eviction, Douglas DaMoude sent correspondence to the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster Sheriff's Office claiming not to recognize local law enforcement authority. He also posted literature on the windows of the residence stating that he would use deadly force against any law enforcement officers who may try to enter.

On Friday, deputies conducted surveillance on the home for several hours. They wanted to determine whether Douglas DaMoude was inside the premises in order to return the property to its owner, Homebuyer's Incorporated, HBI. No activity was observed during that time.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., four deputies attempted contact at the residence. They knocked on doors, but got no response. The deputies then contacted a local locksmith to assist them in gaining entry into the home. After manipulating the lock, entry still could not be gained. It appeared that the door had been barricaded. Deputies forced entry and were immediately confronted by Douglas DaMoude, who was armed with a rifle. Several commands were given to Douglas DaMoude to drop his weapon. A struggle ensued to get the weapon away from him. Ultimately, several shots were fired by deputies. Douglas DaMoude was struck four times. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The .22 caliber rifle Douglas DaMoude used confront deputies was not loaded. There was no evidence that he fired the weapon. An additional sixteen firearms were later removed from the residence by officers processing the scene.

An autopsy was conducted on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Douglas County Medical Center. The cause of death was ruled as a gunshot wound to the head. Investigations by the Lincoln Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff's Office are ongoing. Since this is considered an in-custody death, a grand jury will also be summoned to review the incident.

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