Wyoming man who was shot during standoff in western Nebraska gets 3 years of probation


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GERING, Nebraska — A 29-year-old Wyoming man who was shot by a Nebraska police officer during a standoff has been given three years of probation.

Matthew Schwab was sentenced Thursday in Scotts Bluff County District Court in Gering. In June, he pleaded no contest to terroristic threats as part of deal with prosecutors, who dropped two other counts.

Schwab barricaded himself inside of a camper during a two-hour standoff on Jan. 21 in Scottsbluff. Police said he eventually exited the camper with a weapon and advanced on officers. A police officer shot Schwab twice, hitting him in the abdomen and chest, after he failed to drop the weapon. It was later determined to be a pellet gun, not a handgun.

Schwab's attorney, Bernard Straetker, said that Schwab "was angry with the world, angry with himself and intoxicated" on the night of the incident.

The court determined Schwab had a history of mental health issues and substance abuse. The judge cited the dual diagnosis, which he said Schwab may be able to overcome with adequate treatment, in his ruling.

Schwab told the judge he has not used drugs or alcohol since the incident and has already begun to regularly attend counseling. He said he hopes to eventually go to college and help people who suffer from similar problems.

Court records say Schwab has since moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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