A 58-year-old Hastings man believed to have shot his ex-wife Wednesday evening in the 1000 block of Hill Street took his own life early Thursday morning after a four-hour standoff with police at his home in the 800 block of North Bellevue Avenue.
Hastings Police believe David Langenberg of 810 N. Bellevue Ave. went to the residence of Lana Langenberg, 54, of 1011 Hill St. and shot her multiple times.
Court records indicate the two had been married but their divorce was finalized in August 2018.
Records also show Lana had received a protection order on June 4 prohibiting David from contacting her or going to her residence or place of employment. In her petition to the court, Lana documented several instances over the last two years where David harassed and scared her with threatening notes. She wrote the situation had been escalating during the last five years to the point she felt she had to leave the marital home at 810 N. Bellevue Ave. and file for divorce.
Hastings Police Capt. Mike Doremus said no one else is believed to have been at home Wednesday about 7:30 p.m. when David arrived at the victim’s residence. Neighbors called 911 after gunshots were fired.
When police arrived, they found Lana had been shot multiple times. Hastings Fire and Rescue transported her to Mary Lanning Healthcare and then she was flown by Midwest MedAir to Bryan West in Lincoln.
A Facebook post by the HPD indicated the woman was listed in critical but stable condition about 7 a.m. Thursday.
Police and the Nebraska State Patrol made contact with David about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of North Bellevue Avenue. Negotiators with the state patrol had contact off and on by phone for several hours, attempting to reach a peaceful resolution.
At about 12:30 a.m., David emerged from his residence with a firearm and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Hastings Police Department turned the scene over to South Central Area Law Enforcement Services to complete the investigation.
Wednesday’s shooting wasn’t the first time Hastings Police had been called to the Langenberg homes.
Doremus said police had been called to David’s residence, 810 N. Bellevue Ave., twice in the recent past to conduct welfare checks.
At Lana’s Hill Street home, there was only a single reported incident when police responded to a criminal mischief call in March.