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Driver who smashed truck into Chick-fil-A killed by police officer, Nebraska cops say

A man was killed by a police officer after he drove his pickup truck into a Chick-fil-A restaurant Tuesday afternoon, authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska, say.

Law enforcement arrived at the Lincoln fast food restaurant to reports a truck had hit the building, KOLN reported.

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Police say a driver backed a pickup truck into this Lincoln, Nebraska, Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday afternoon. The person has since died. Google Maps

An employee told the Lincoln Journal-Star a man was flipping tables and throwing trays inside the restaurant before he left and drove his pickup through the front doors and “[chased] customers to their cars.”

Customers and employees ran from the restaurant after the truck smashed through the walls, police said in a news conference live-streamed on Facebook by the Journal-Star.

“I just saw the employees running out of the building and crying, I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Aivree Chambers, who was at a nearby Taco Bell, told KOLN.

Then the driver got out of the truck with a weapon and continued causing a disturbance and threatened a uniformed Burlington Northern Santa Fe special agent, who is a commissioned police officer. The special agent shot the man, police said.

Police said the man didn’t have a gun, but declined to specify the type of weapon, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

When cops arrived at the restaurant, the special agent was performing “lifesaving measures” on a man, but he died at the scene, police said.

The police department tweeted about 2:25 p.m. that there was no longer a threat to the community.

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.
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