Hastings police have identified the 49-year-old Hastings man who died in a shooting event that occurred Thursday as Kipp Pfeiffer of 5050 W. 12th St.

Hastings Police Department Capt. Mike Doremus said officers from the Lincoln Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol were in the 5000 block of West 12th Street to serve a search warrant.

During a briefing Friday morning, Lincoln Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said that they had received a report of suspected possession of child pornography on Sept. 29. She said Pfeiffer lived in Hastings but had ties to Lincoln.

Sands said there was enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a crime alleged to have occurred in Lincoln involving a victim under the age of 18.

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.

Movement was observed and heard inside the home during that time.

After waiting to allow time for the occupant to answer the door, officers breached the front door of the residence.

Inside, officers 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.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning in Omaha.

Doremus said the incident is being treated as an in-custody death because it occurred when Lincoln officers and state troopers were on scene. The state patrol requested the Adams County Attorney’s Office and Hastings Police Department investigate the case.

State law requires an independent investigation when a death occurs in law enforcement custody. State law also requires a grand jury hearing in such cases. The Adams County Attorney’s Office then will present the evidence collected to a grand jury at a later date.


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