Grand jury clears officers in Hastings suicide case

Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 4:40 PM CDT
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An Adams County grand jury Tuesday concluded that officers did nothing wrong in the October death of a Hastings man.

Lincoln police and Nebraska State troopers were serving a warrant at the home of Kipp Pfeiffer, 49, of Hastings on October 3. When they entered the home, they found Pfeiffer dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The warrant was related to a child pornography investigation.

On Tuesday a judge called a grand jury to hear results of an investigation into the death. After deliberating, the grand jury confirmed that Pfeiffer killed himself and that the law enforcement officers involved had done nothing wrong.

In October Lincoln Police said they had received a report of suspected possession of child pornography on Sept. 29. The suspect lived in Hastings but had ties to Lincoln.

Lincoln Police said there was enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant. The crime was alleged to have occurred in LPD jurisdiction which is why Lincoln Police started investigating the case. The victim was a teenager under 18 in Lincoln.

LPD said they believed evidence may have been in the suspect's home.

LPD and Nebraska State Patrol collaborated in the investigation and to execute a search warrant.

On October 3 around 12:05 p.m., Lincoln Police, in collaboration with Nebraska State Patrol, attempted to serve the warrant at the home in the 5000 block of West 12th Street in west Hastings.

As law enforcement personnel knocked on the door and announced their presence, there was no answer from inside the home.

Movement was observed inside the home during that time. After waiting to allow time for the occupant to answer the door, law enforcement breached the front door to the residence.

The troopers and officers searched the home and found the sole occupant, Kipp Pfeiffer, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement personnel discharged a weapon during the event.

The Hastings Police Department was assigned to investigate the case as an "in-custody" death because it occurred in the presence of law enforcement. State law requires an independent investigation to be conducted for grand jury purposes.

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