St. Paul, Neb. — A Broken Bow man wounded during a New Year’s Eve shootout with central Nebraska law officers has taken a plea deal.
Howard County District Court records say 30-year-old Luke Lefever pleaded no contest Monday to attempted murder. Prosecutors dropped three other charges in exchange. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.
Authorities say Lefever fired a handgun at a sheriff’s deputy around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 during a traffic stop on Nebraska Highway 11 near Elba. Lefever fled in a sheriff’s vehicle. After a second exchange of gunfire, Lefever fled on foot and later was found in a creek bed.
Lefever was suffering from hypothermia and a gunshot wound to his left forearm. No one else was hurt.