The Nebraska State Patrol identifies the Hartington shooting victim

HARTINGTON, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Nebraska State Patrol has identified the victim of last week’s fatal shooting near Hartington on Monday.

The victim was identified as 31-year-old Israel Matos-Colon of Fowlerville, Michigan. The next of kin has been notified.

The investigation began after the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a shooting shortly after 9 am Wednesday. They responded to the scene, which was a tower construction site near the intersection of Highway 57 and 885 Road, about two miles north of Hartington. Several crew members working on the tower were present at the time of the shooting. Other crew members attempted life-saving measures on the victim.

Matos-Colon was transported to Yankton’s Avera Sacred Heart Hospital where he passed away. The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Nebraska State Patrol to lead the investigation into the homicide.

Preliminarily, investigators believe the shooting occurred during a workplace dispute between the suspect and the victim. The suspect, identified as 20-year-old David Phillips of Kenner, Louisiana, was incarcerated in the Cedar County Jail for second-degree murder, possession of a stolen weapon and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The investigation remains ongoing.

David Phillips (Cedar County Jail)

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