High Risk Traffic Stop
On Saturday, May 21, 2016, the Lincoln Police Department responded to The Willows Apartments, 1800 Knox Street, on the report of a known female who shattered an exterior window, pointed a handgun into the residence, and threatened to kill the occupants. Three adults and five children were inside. The suspect fled prior to our arrival.
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, investigators were conducting follow-up into the allegations of domestic assault, terroristic threats, and use of weapon to commit a felony. While conducting surveillance of the suspect's residence, investigators saw two males and a female exit the home and enter a vehicle. The female had a similar height and build to the suspect. Following training and protocol for completing a traffic stop with a suspect who may be armed, a high risk stop was conducted. This tactic was used to ensure the safety of the officers, those in the vehicle, and the general public.
During the traffic stop, the female passenger was determined not to be the suspect, but a family member. We were mistaken in the identification. No weapons were located and no one was injured as a result of this contact. Everyone in the vehicle was released.
The Lincoln Police Department has extensive training on high risk traffic stops. The initial review of this incident has found the officers involved acted properly, followed their training and our protocols. We are continuing to assess this case and our training on high risk traffic stops.
We continue our efforts to locate the suspect in the crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact an LPD investigator at 402.441.6000 or submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers, 402.475.3600.