Grand jury: Sidney police fatal shooting justified

Five recommendations stem from Hlavinka case


A Cheyenne County grand jury has determined Sidney police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of the man who stabbed his wife and confronted responding officers with a knife in April.

"The use of deadly force against Dana Hlavinka by officers of the Sidney Police Department was reasonable under the circumstances and were justified by Nebraska's applicable self-defense/self-protection statutes," reads the grand jury report that was released Wednesday evening.

Police were called to a neighborhood near the Hillside Golf Course in Sidney on the evening of April 19 for an apparent dome...

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