SE Nebraska man who committed suicide during hours-long standoff identified

(Adams, NE) -- The southeast Nebraska man who committed suicide during a nine-hour long standoff is identified.

The Nebraska State Patrol says just before 10:00 Monday night, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the NSP SWAT Team in response to an ongoing situation at a home in Adams. Investigators say deputies had previously responded to a domestic violence incident that night after receiving a 911 call from the victim. The victim reported that her husband, 40 year old Thomas Sharp, had hit her several times and pointed a gun at her. The NSP says when he pointed the gun at her, she pushed it away, but Sharp fired the weapon, hitting the victim in the hand. At that point she was able to flee the home to safety. Her three children were also able to flee the home unharmed.

After the NSP SWAT Team was activated, the State Patrol says numerous attempts were made to contact the suspect. No contact was established, and the SWAT team breached the front door using a light armored vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Sharp was located inside the home, deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The entire incident lasted approximately nine hours.

The victim was transported to Bryan Medical Center West Campus for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The children are with family. No law enforcement officers were injured. The investigation is ongoing.

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