Man killed by Kansas officers linked to 2 Nebraska deaths

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) –

A man who was shot and killed by Kansas law enforcement has also now been tied to a second homicide in Nebraska, police said Friday.

Police identified the man killed Monday in Lawrence, Kansas, as 31-year-old Nicholas Hirsh, who faced a first-degree murder arrest warrant for the shooting death of John Miles, 41, of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

During their homicide investigation, detectives also discovered on Tuesday the body of John Clanton, 68, in the Ponca Hills area of Douglas County in Nebraska. Clanton had been reported missing on June 10.

The Omaha Police Department said in a news release that after witness interviews and investigation, detectives determined Hirsh was also responsible for Clanton’s death. They are not looking for any additional suspects in relation to these homicides.

Authorities have said they believed Hirsh had been in Kansas since June 12 when a car was stolen from Clay Center. The Marshals Service was helping to look for the vehicle when the Kansas Highway Patrol spotted it near Perry Lake in northeast Kansas.

Troopers pursued the vehicle into Lawrence, where gunfire was exchanged gunfire between the suspect and law enforcement officers. Hirsh was killed.

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