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Suspect shot and killed at Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (NBC News) – A Nebraska man was shot dead by a special agent after driving his truck into a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Police say 48-year-old Joseph F. Cimino, died at the SouthPointe Pavilions restaurant near 27th and Pine Lake Road around 1 p.m. on Tuesday

According to the Lincoln Police Department, at approximately 12:53 p.m. Cimino began causing a disturbance inside the restaurant. Witnesses report Cimino was upset about the food he received and grew agitated. Cimino was then escorted from the store by a patron.

Cimino later climbed into his truck and drove backwards through the west side of the restaurant. Police say the patrons and employees fled the store through the door and drive-thru window.

A Lincoln Police Department press release says Burlington Northern Santa Fe Special Agent Christopher Hall was in uniform and in his marked patrol car, waiting in the drive-thru for his food when he saw the disturbance.

The release says Special Agent Hall exited his vehicle to investigate and came into contact with Cimino.

When Hall confronted Cimino he was armed with a commercially available taser and began making threatening statements.

Law enforcement officials say Hall attempted to create distance between Cimino and himself, but Cimino continued to advance towards him with the weapon.

Hall fired his weapon at Cimino who died from his injuries at the scene.


“In addition to the vehicle that was driven through the business, the suspect was armed with another weapon. That’s been recovered. The special agent fired his weapon at the suspect who died from his injuries at the scene,” said Chief Jeff Bliemeister, Lincoln Police Department.

After firing his weapon, Hall immediately rendered aid to Cimino.

Special Agent Hall is to be interviewed by Lincoln Police Department investigators on Wednesday.

Dean Welte

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