Thursday, June 14, 2012

Officers, hostage wounded in Alliance stand-off

Officers, hostage wounded in Alliance stand-off
The Nebraska State Patrol released on Wednesday the name of the armed man who wounded three law enforcement officers and a hostage, who was pronounced dead after a more than 14-hour stand-off at an Alliance pharmacy.

The suspect, identified as Andres Gonzalez, 27, of Alliance, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12.

The incident began just before 9 a.m., Tuesday, when an armed male later identified as Gonzalez, walked into the Thiele Pharmacy, in the 300 block of Box Butte Avenue, downtown Alliance.

Officers with the Alliance Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting an armed man entering the building.

During the initial response, Gonzalez exchanged gunfire with an Alliance Police Officer.

Officer Kirk Felker, 43, a 15-year veteran of the Alliance Police Department, was transported to the Box Butte General Hospital where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his arm.

Officer Felker remains hospitalized in stable condition. No one else was injured in the initial confrontation.

The owner of the pharmacy, Charles Lierk, 62, Alliance remained inside the building and was taken hostage by Gonzalez.
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