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14 hour standoff in Alliance comes to an end

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A 14-hour stand off with an armed suspect finally comes to an end in Alliance around 10:30 PM last night.

The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Andres Gonzales of Alliance. At 10:30 PM, Gonzales and members of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) SWAT team exchanged gunfire inside the pharmacy.

NSP SWAT was able to confirm Gonzales was dead at the scene around 11:30 PM.

The incident began just before 9:00 AM Tuesday morning when an armed male walked into the Thiele Pharmacy (300 block of Box Butte Ave., Downtown Alliance).

Alliance police responded to a 911 call of an armed man entering the building.

On the initial response, 15 year veteran of the Alliance Police Department Kirk Felker was shot. He sustained non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at Box Butte General Hospital.

NSP arrived on scene around 9:00 AM to assist local authorities with the perimeter and provide additional resources.

Just after 10:30 AM, NSP SWAT team member, Tim Flick, was wounded when shots were fired through a door into an adjacent building. Flick was shot on the left side of his body and is currently in serious but stable condition at Box Butte General Hospital.

A second Alliance Police officer was wounded during the exchange of gunfire where Trooper Flick was injured. Officer Matt Shannon was hit by shrapnel. He has been released from the hospital.

At about 4:30 PM, the only hostage, owner of the pharmacy owner, Charles Clerk (62) escaped from the pharmacy. During the escape, Clerk suffered gunshot wounds was taken to Box Butte General Hospital where he is in stable condition.

The scene is still secured and the investigation is on-going.

No further information is being released at this time.

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