Nebraska State Patrol investigates Washington County death in custody

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating an incident in which a 38-year-old man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call to arlington. The accident occurred on Friday afternoon.

According to NSP, Washington County Deputies have been called for a welfare check at a residence on the 300 block of N. 9th Street in Arlington. Upon arrival, deputies were admitted inside the residence by an occupant and observed a man holding a firearm. The man was later identified as Donald Moreno, 38.

Deputies evacuated more children from the house. After speaking with Moreno for several minutes, the deputies heard a single gunshot and located the deceased Moreno. No deputies discharged their weapons and no one else was injured in the incident.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office asked the Nebraska State Patrol to investigate the incident as a death in custody. Nebraska state statute requires a grand jury investigation of deaths in custody. The investigation remains ongoing.

The Douglas County Crime Lab assisted in this investigation.

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