Nebraska man arrested after standoff with authorities

Nebraska News

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KCAU) — A Nebraska man was arrested following a standoff with authorities that lasted more than four and a half hours south of McCook.

According to a release, the incident started around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening. McCook Police Officers twice pursued a vehicle on Highway 83 in McCook. During the second pursuit, the vehicle entered the ditch and stopped. The driver then fled on foot toward several trailer homes. Around 8:40 p.m., troopers and sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter around the area, and witnesses identified which home the suspect had entered.

Troopers made repeated commands for the suspect to exit the home, but he refused for several hours.

Around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect exited the home and was immediately taken into custody and was lodged in Red Willow County Jail for the active warrant. Additional charges are pending concerning the incidents prior to the standoff.

The suspect was identified as Merrill Johnston III, 36, of North Platte. Johnston was wanted on a warrant from the United States Marshals Service and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for drug and weapon charges. The NSP SWAT Team was activated and responded to the scene.

Nobody was injured during the operation. Law enforcement was assisted by the Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department.

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