Update 2/3 5:15 p.m. - A Kearney police officer is now recovering at home after being shot in a hospital emergency room.

In an updated news release, police clarified that no officers fired a gun during the incident. Investigators are still working to determine how the suspect accessed the officer’s firearm while the firearm was holstered on the officer’s duty belt. The injured Officer is an eighteen-year veteran with KPD. The second Officer has been with KPD for two and a half years.

The suspect remains in custody, criminal charges are pending and will be referred to the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office following the investigation. 


KEARNEY, Neb. — A Kearney police officer is recovering after authorities say a woman shot the officer while in a hospital emergency room.

Police say officers were called to an outpatient psychiatric clinic around 6:00 Friday night for a 32-year-old woman having a possible mental health crisis. They found the woman walking along a nearby street and had her transported to a hospital by ambulance.

According to a news release, the woman was combative with two officers and hospital staff at the emergency room. While attempting to gain control of the woman, the release says she accessed an officers gun and shot the officer once in the right leg.

Officers arrested the woman, who sustained minor injuries. The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and remained hospitalized as of Saturday morning.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the incident as part of the South-Central Area Law Enforcement Services agreement.