A former Nebraska state trooper has been charged after he allegedly hit a drunken driver from Colorado with this service rifle.
U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly says Lindsey Bixby of Ellsworth was charged Friday with deprivation of rights, a federal offense.
Bixby resigned from the patrol after a widely circulated video showed him hitting the driver in March 2016. Prosecutors say Bixby hit the man with his gun after he refused to get on the ground after a pursuit ended in Sioux County.
Gov. Pete Ricketts cited the patrol’s handling of the case as one reason he fired Col. Brad Rice as patrol superintendent in October 2017.