|UPDATE: Minatare shooting investigation continues|
|July 29, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
A shooting incident in Minatare on Monday evening has led to the arrest of three suspects, with more arrests expected.
Minatare Police Chief Robert Regester said the incident actually started in Scottsbluff with a disturbance between individuals from Scottsbluff and from Minatare. About two hours later, the individuals from Scottsbluff showed up in Minatare at a home in the 800 block of 3rd Avenue.
The disturbance continued and one of the residents fired several shotgun blasts into the ground to diffuse the situation. Four people left the scene and headed back to Scottsbluff, where they were contacted by Scottsbluff police.
A Scottsbluff Officer had seen one of the suspects operating a vehicle similar to that described by the victim in Minatare and was able to identify the vehicle. Other officers assisted in locating the vehicle at 1119 Ave H in Scottsbluff, a residence known to be associated with the suspects.
Scottsbluff Police Officers secured the scene and identified several subjects at the residence. The investigation led Scottsbluff Police Officers to making application for and receiving a search warrant for the residence. Inside the residence officers located and seized a handgun and more than 100 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Other items were also seized as evidence.
After contact with the Scottsbluff police officers, two of the individuals were transported to Regional West Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries of shotgun pellets to the head and legs. They were treated and released Tuesday morning.
Chief Regester said he placed three of the individuals under arrest and transported to the county detention facility. “The charges for those arrested were disturbing the peace,” he said. “That was to diffuse the situation so I didn’t have a murder later.”
Court documents signed by Regester show that Dwayne Battles, Leo Mousseaux and Tyler Lintz, all 20 years old, were taken into custody.
The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol and Scottsbluff Police Department helped Minatare with this investigation. “We have four different agencies interviewing different people,” Regester said. ‘We have to pull all that information together before we make a final report to the county attorney. But there will be more arrests once that office gets involved.”
He said the report to the county attorney should be ready by the end of the week.