Wanted man taken into custody in south Hastings

Road closed signs block the 300 block of N. Saunders Avenue in Hastings Tuesday.
Road closed signs block the 300 block of N. Saunders Avenue in Hastings Tuesday.(KSNB)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Police have taken a 45-year-old man into custody after he fled from police earlier in the day.

HPD said around 12:40 p.m. Thursday an officer attempted to make contact with two people in the 300 block of N. Saunders Avenue. Police said officers quickly determined one subject fit the description of a wanted individual.

This individual, identified as Billy Packer, 45, of Hastings, ran from officers and was believed to have entered a home at 315 N. Saunders. The residence was quickly surrounded and a heavy police presence could be seen in that area.

Due to the possibility of weapons inside the residence and the officer not seeing him enter the residence a search warrant was obtained. The search warrant was served at approximately 5:30 p.m.

HPD located Packer, who has several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police said there was no threat to the public, but information was limited to the media during the incident.

Captain Mike Doremus said he always has officer safety issues as well as public safety to consider before releasing sensitive information. He said in this case there was no threat to the public, but giving out tactics the police are considering is not the safest for our officers.

Packer was arrested for meth possession, three weapons charges, possession of money used in drug transactions, stolen firearms and obstructing a police officer. He was also arrested on outstanding drug warrants from Adams and Hall counties and the FBI.

Three other people also were arrested following Thursday’s incident.

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