A grand jury has concluded that there was no criminal conduct in the death of a 49-year-old Hastings man who died while officers from the Lincoln Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol served a search warrant in October, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Clerk of the Adams County District Court.
District Judge Terri Harder convened the grand jury Tuesday to hear evidence regarding the death of Kipp Pfeiffer of 5050 W. 12th St. as required by state law because it was considered an in-custody death.
Deputy Adams County Attorneys Nathan Arehart and Dale Callahan presented evidence to the jury, which completed its deliberations the same day and determined the cause of death to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Law enforcement officers attempted to serve a search warrant on Oct. 3 at Pfeiffer’s residence.
Lincoln police said Pfeiffer was suspected of child pornography possession on Sept. 29 after a 17-year-old girl found two hidden cameras in her bedroom in Lincoln. Both had been housed inside cellphone charger adapters wrapped in tape and contained videos of the girl in various states of undress in her bedroom and bathroom.
Lincoln police collaborated with the Nebraska State Patrol to execute a search warrant because the suspect lived in Hastings. At 12:05 p.m., law enforcement knocked on the door and announced their presence but there was no answer, despite movement inside. After waiting to allow time for the occupant to answer the door, officers breached the front door of the residence and found Pfeiffer deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
No law enforcement personnel discharged a weapon during the event. No other injuries were reported.
The incident was being treated as an in-custody death because it occurred when Lincoln officers and state troopers were on scene. State law requires an independent investigation and grand jury hearing when a death occurs in law enforcement custody.