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Nebraska officer shoots driver while being dragged by fleeing vehicle | Crime-and-courts

OMAHA — A Neligh police officer shot a woman after he was dragged by her vehicle as she fled from a traffic stop following a reported road rage incident.

The officer, Neligh Police Chief Michael Wright, 47, and the woman, 38-year-old Josie Auld, of Norfolk, were both injured but are expected to survive, according to the Nebraska State Patrol, which is investigating the shooting.

Antelope County dispatch received a report of a road rage incident on U.S. 275 at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the State Patrol. The vehicles involved pulled into the parking lot of a Cubby’s gas station in Neligh, and a store employee called 911 to report a disturbance. Neligh is about 120 miles northwest of Lincoln.

Wright stopped one of the vehicles about a mile away from the gas station, according to the release.

As Wright contacted Auld, she attempted to drive away, causing the vehicle to drag Wright, the State Patrol said, citing preliminary reports. Wright then fired his gun, hitting the driver.

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Wright eventually fell from the vehicle and Auld continued to drive west on the highway before she was run off the road by a bystander who witnessed the incident.

A State Patrol spokesman was unable to say how far Wright was dragged, how many shots were fired or where Auld was shot.

Both Wright and Auld were transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening. Auld was later transported to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for further treatment.


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