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Bullet missed Grand Island officer by inches

Suspect facing attempted murder charge.
Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 3:44 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man faces an attempted murder charge after an incident in which a gunshot missed a police office by inches.

Tejani Abdalla, 32, is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony and misdemeanor Third Degree Assault.

Grand Island police arrested Abdalla July 17 after a shoot-out with a Grand Island police officer at his apartment in the 100 block of South Vine street in east Grand Island.

Since the incident involved shots fired by a GI police officer, the Hall County Sheriff’s office is investigating the case.

Records filed Monday in Hall County Court indicate the following:

A Grand Island police officer was investigating a report of an assault earlier in the afternoon of July 17 on a clerk at a convenience store on east Highway 30. The clerk reported that the suspect had become angry and had pushed a clear plastic protective shield into her face at the check-out counter.

Based on a description of the suspect and his vehicle, the officer went to Abdalla’s apartment on South Vine street. When the officer knocked on the door, Abdalla answered and when questioned by the officer went back to another room. The sheriff’s investigation indicated that Abdalla then came out of the room and fired two shots from a 9-millimeter handgun at the officer, one of which missed the officer’s head by inches. The officer returned fire with six shots. Neither the suspect Abdalla nor the officer were wounded in the gunshot exchange.

The sheriff’s investigation further indicated that the officer then left the apartment building. Back-up officers, including a tactical team, arrived at the scene. After numerous commands, Abdalla came out of the apartment building and was arrested without further incident.

The Hall County Sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident.

In Hall County Court Monday, a judge set bond for Abdalla at $1,000,000. He’s in the Hall County jail and his next court date is Aug. 25.

Convictions on the attempted murder and weapons charges carry max penalties of 50 years in prison for each crime.

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