Prosecutor says deputy shot 4 times as he got out of car

BIG SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) - A prosecutor says the western Nebraska sheriff’s deputy injured in a shootout earlier this week that killed the suspect was shot four times as he stepped out of his cruiser.

Deuel County Attorney Joel Jay tells the Omaha World-Herald ( ) that Deputy Michael Hutchinson never fired his gun. Jay says the man Hutchinson had intended to arrest came out of his Big Springs front door shooting as Hutchinson and four other law enforcement officers pulled up to serve arrest warrants on him.

Sheriff Scott DeCoste returned fire, killing 66-year-old Neil Stretesky.

Hutchinson underwent surgery and is in serious condition at a hospital in Greeley, Colorado.

The warrants charged Stretesky with violating conditions of his bail for assault and attempted murder in Sedgwick County, Colorado, and a Keith County misdemeanor.

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