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2 men arrested after shooting at deputies from stolen car, NSP says

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Two men have been arrested after a chase Saturday that involved a suspect firing several rounds at Polk County Sheriff’s deputies, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The patrol says the chase began Saturday evening when a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a car whose plates did not match the car.

The NSP says the car fled, and during the pursuit, the passenger of the car fired several rounds at the deputies, striking one patrol car.

The car went into a ditch near 129th and B Roads in Polk County and the NSP two people got out of the car and ran.

Shortly thereafter, the driver of the car, Douglas Burke, 38, of Clarks, surrendered to authorities.

The NSP says the car was determined to be stolen and the passenger, Derek Hobbs, 25, of Omaha, had an active felony warrant from Omaha for terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking ($1,500-$5,000), and using a gun to commit a felony.

Members of the NSP SWAT team and deputies from multiple sheriffs’ offices and police department searched the area and found Hobbs in a cornfield early Sunday morning.

Officials say Hobbs was in possession of a loaded weapon.

Both men were taken to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln.

NSP is continuing to assist the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. Charges will be determined pending further investigation.


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