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Two Sidney police officers cleared to return to job


Two Sidney Police officers involved in an April shooting that led to the death of a Sidney man are back on the job after a Nebraska State Patrol investigation determined the officers’ use of force was appropriate.

Sidney Police Sgt. Chad Borgmann and Officer Austin Smith had been placed on paid administrative leave following the fatal shooting of Dana Hlavinka on April 19, a standard procedure following officer-involved shootings.

“They have been back for quite a while,” Sidney Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson said on Monday. “The NSP’s investigation concluded that the use of force was...

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