KEARNEY, NE — Police say an Omaha man with a previous felony conviction is responsible for the shooting death of Jared Shinpaugh in Kearney in January.

Kearney Police say they obtained an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Romeo Chambers. He is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder, two assault charges and four weapons violations.

The charges date back an incident on January 16th in the 800 block of W 23rd Street. Police responded to a report of gunshots around 8:40 p.m. Shinpaugh, 31, of Lexington, died from his injuries. The assault charges are linked to the shootings of Joseph Garcia, 29, of Lexington and Joshua Morris, 18, of Kearney. Garcia was treated for his wound at a hospital and Morris didn’t get hospital treatment.

Police say the shooting was connected to an attempted robbery and that large amounts of drugs were present. Garcia and Chenoa Lemburg were arrested and face attempted robbery charges. Morris and Mariah Chamberlin were arrested and charged with possession of more than one pound of marijuana and weapons violations.

Police say Chambers lives in Omaha, but he was listed with a Hastings residence as recently as December, according to court records. 

Chambers had been out of jail for just 11 months when the shooting occurred. He was charged with robbery in 2016 in Omaha when he was 18-years-old. According to the police affidavit, Chambers and two others robbed a man at gunpoint and stole a safe containing $8,000 and an AK-47 assault rife. He pleaded no contest to attempted robbery and got off with probation. Court records say he repeatedly violated probation and was sentenced in 2019 to 5-7 years in prison. He was given credit for 372 days served and was released early on February, 26, 2021 because of Nebraska’s Good Time Law.

“Violent crime is not acceptable in this community, I’m proud of the effort by all involved in this case leading to multiple felony arrests,” Kearney Police Chief Bryan Waugh said in a news release. “Members of KPD and our allied law enforcement partners have worked tirelessly on this case, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Chambers. The information shared from our community, leads cultivated throughout this investigation, the use of technology, and quite frankly, good old fashion police work led to this felony arrest warrant.”

If convicted of second-degree murder, Chambers could face up to life in prison.

The Kearney Police Department was assisted in this investigation by Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, University of Nebraska Kearney Police Department, Omaha Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Grand Island Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab. This is an ongoing investigation.