North Platte, NEB. - Lincoln County Attorney, Rebecca Harling, is waiting on the final autopsy before making a request for a grand jury after a North Platte man killed himself during a police pursuit on Sunday.
37-year-old Robert Mills died after North Platte Police tried to arrest him on felony warrants. Mills was facing several charges of sexual assault of a child and felony child abuse. Mills had missed his December court appearance.
Mills was spotted on the Buffalo Bill Viaduct by a witness, who then called 911. Officials say as police tried to make contact, Mills ran away with a hand gun and then shot himself in an alley. He died at the scene.
Harling says the Lincoln County Sheriff's office is now in charge of the investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sun., January 15, 2017
A North Platte man wanted on felony warrants has died after police officers tried to arrest him.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a citizen spotted 37-year-old Robert F. Mills crossing the Buffalo Bill viaduct shortly after 1:30 Sunday afternoon and called 911.
Police officers tried to make contact with Mills but he fled on foot with a hand gun.
He was located by officers in an alley between Front and West Sixth streets when he shot himself.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate. By state statue, a grand jury will be conducted.
Mills was issued an arrest after he failed to appear for a sentencing hearing in Lincoln County District Court on December 19, 2016.
He was facing four charges of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child but, the charges were amended to one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, Habitual Criminal, Third Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Felony Child Abuse. ..Source.. by Jacque Harms