Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Matthew Schwab of Scottsbluff was hit twice in the upper torso by officer Matt Herbel, an 11-year veteran of the police department. Herbel has been placed on administrative leave, pending completion of the Nebraska State Patrol investigation into the incident
Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer says the incident started around 7:45 p.m. with a call of a man, possibly armed with a knife and shotgun, yelling in a residential street. When responding officers arrived at the scene, Schwab went into an REV camper parked in front of a mobile home.
Chief Spencer says additional officers from multiple agencies arrived and the decision was made to treat the situation as a “barricaded suspect”. Negotiations were attempted and the Scotts Bluff County SWAT team was called to assist. .
The shooting occurred when Schwab eventually left the camper about 10:30 and walked toward officers with a pistol. Chief Spencer says officers repeatedly told him to drop the gun, then officer Herbel shot him twice.
Schwab has a criminal record, including a 2011 burglary of the Scottsbluff Menard’s store…where he worked…an incident in which he drove a forklift through an overhead door and was chased in his vehicle by police through an adjacent cornfield. He was identified by DNA from blood found in the vehicle and on a glove inside it.