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Nebraska State Patrol investigates death in custody in Washington County

ARLINGTON, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Nebraska State Patrol says a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a welfare check.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrived Friday afternoon for a welfare check in Arlington, northwest of Omaha, at a home near 9th and West Elm Streets, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

When the deputies arrived, the tenant of the house let them in, and they saw an adult man with a firearm. Then the deputies evacuated several children from the house.

Nebraska State Patrol says deputies talked to the man for several minutes before they heard a single shot. Then they found a dead man inside.

Authorities say none of the deputies fired their weapons and no other injuries were reported.

Nebraska State Patrol identified the man as 38-year-old Donald Moreno.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office asked the Nebraska State Patrol to investigate.

Nebraska law requires a grand jury to investigate deaths that occur in an incident involving law enforcement as deaths “in custody”, regardless of whether the person was arrested at the time of death.

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