Man who held police in a six hour standoff arraigned in Lincoln County Court

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:50 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A North Platte man who held law enforcement in a six hour standoff made his first courtroom appearance Monday.

Fifty-one-year-old Wesley Hawkins was arraigned in Lincoln County Court this afternoon.

Hawkins faces eight charges for the June 27th incident, which include one count of terroristic threats, two counts for causing bodily injury to a peace officer, three counts of possession of a firearm to commit a felony, one count of possession of a firearm by prohibited person, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

County Judge Kent Turnbull set Hawkins’s bond at half a million dollars over the weekend.

The bond was increased to a million dollars of ten percent Monday.

North Platte police were called to the 2400 block of East E Street several times through the early morning hours on Saturday on reports of disturbances.

Periodically throughout the standoff, Hawkins came outside his home and yelled at the officers and fired multiple shots from a handgun in the direction of the responding officers then would go back inside.

The tactical team used an armored vehicle to deploy a chemical agent into the home and Hawkins was taken into custody.

Hawkins also faces disturbance of the peace and stalking charges on three additional cases.

He’s due back in court Thursday.

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