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UPDATE: Northeast Nebraska man arrested after ramming trooper car with tractor


State and local police are breathing a sigh of relief after an unbelievable morning near Brunswick and Plainview, Nebraska.

A man was taken into custody Tuesday after a wild series of events.

The Nebraska State Patrol says an officer shot that man, after he injured a trooper by ramming his patrol car with a tractor.

What started out as an upset parent quickly escalated into a life and death situation involving numerous police officers using deadly force.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Aaron White, 38, of Brunswick attempted to take his children out of Zion Lutheran School's facility in Plainview late Tuesday morning.

When school officials refused, White's first stop was the Casey's convenience store where law enforcement say he threatened to harm himself and others.

From there, White drove his semi tractor back to his home northeast of Brunswick where he allegedly set fire to it.

He then ran across the road to his home place.

Capt. Paul Hattan, Nebraska State Patrol said, "He, at that time, got onto a tractor, an International tractor dual, with a cab and he proceeded to start smashing into the buildings out here."

Next stop, was a farm place to the north where authorities say he used his tractor to damage more outbuildings.

"At that time he went down a county road and encountered one of our troopers, Trooper Brian Detlefson. He rammed Trooper Detlefson's car pushing him into the ditch. At that time he injured Trooper Detlefson. He's got a gash on his head. The airbag deployed also injuring his chest area with the airbag. From there he proceeded down the county road where he encountered a second deputy, who fired several rounds into the tractor striking the suspect, said Capt. Paul Hattan.

Trooper Brian Detlefson received stitches for a gash to his head and injuries sustained from an airbag deployment.

He was treated and released from the Creighton hospital.

Meanwhile, White, who was shot in the right side, and flown to a Sioux City hospital where he was treated for his injury.

He's been released and is now in the custody of the Woodbury County Sheriff.

Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler is expected to obtain an arrest warrant for Aaron White for felony assault on an officer.

Because White is in a Sioux City jail tonight, Nebraska officials plan to extradite him back to Nebraska soon. 

Zion Lutheran and Plainview Public Schools went into a lockdown as these events started to unfold.

Plainview Superintendent Rich Ald said the lockdown lasted about one hour and said their staff and students handled the situation very well.

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