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Scottsbluff man involved in January standoff has case bound up to District Court

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A Scottsbluff man who was shot by a police officer in January following a two-hour long standoff appears in court Tuesday.

29-year-old Matthew Schwab had his case bound over to district court this morning.

Schwab is facing three counts of making Terroristic Threats, a class IV felony.

The charges stem from an altercation with law enforcement earlier this year, where Schwab barricaded himself in a camper and threatened to kill himself and Scottsbluff officers.

Scottsbluff police officer Matthew Herbel and S.W.A.T Investigator James Jackson both testified in a preliminary hearing in County Court Tuesday morning.

Officer Herbel testified he arrived to the scene late January where Schwab was in the camper shouting explicative's, making derogatory and suicidal comments to officers.

Officer Herbel says after nearly two hours of intense conversation, Schwab exited the camper and revealed what appeared to be a pistol in his waistband.  

Officer Herbel says within 16 seconds of revealing his weapon, Schwab pointed it at officers and that's when Officer Herbel opened fire on Schwab, shooting him twice.

Investigator Jackson said audio recordings of the incident reveal Schwab was told to drop his weapon at least 10 times.

Investigator Jackson said it wasn't until after Schwab had been shot that his weapon was identified as not being a real handgun, rather a bb gun or plastic gun that was remarkably similar looking to a real pistol.

County Judge Kris Mickey declared there was probable cause in the case to have it bound over to District Court.

Schwab will be arraigned in District Court Friday, March 21 at 1 p.m.

One count of making Terroristic threats was dropped.
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