Suspect dead following overnight standoff in Adams
ADAMS – The Nebraska State Patrol was involved in a standoff overnight in Adams. Southeast Communications Emergency Traffic indicated a woman had been shot in the hand and was being taken to a Lincoln hospital.
At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office requested the Nebraska State Patrol’s SWAT unit in response to incident at a home on Elm Street in the north part of the community.
Deputies had previously responded to a domestic violence incident 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. When he pointed the weapon at her, she pushed it away, but the man fired the gun, striking the victim in the hand, according to NSP. At that point she was able to flee the home to safety. Her children were also able to flee the home unharmed.
Nebraska State Patrol Officers made numerous attempts to contact Sharp. Officers then breached the front door using a light armored vehicle. Shortly after, Sharp was located inside the home, dead from what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The reporting victim was transported by Adams Rescue unit to Bryan Health West Campus in Lincoln. No law enforcement officers were injured. Two Nebraska State patrol units remained at the scene through mid-morning on Tuesday.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Adams Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and the Gage County Attorney’s Office.