Grand jury clears officers in fatal Scottsbluff shooting

December 8, 2021 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared law enforcement officials in the June killing of man during a standoff with police in Scottsbluff, but issued a finding that all Scotts Bluff County law enforcement officers should wear body cameras.

The grand jury last week returned a “no true bill” last Friday in the June 7 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Ojeda, of Scottsbluff, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported.

Police have said officers were called to the home for reports of a man with a gun threatening to harm himself or others and that the officers were held at bay outside the home for nearly six hours. Police said that Ojeda was shot when a Scotts Bluff County SWAT team entered the home. He later died at a hospital.

In addition to the body cameras finding, the grand jury found that law enforcement officers should be accompanied by a trained mental health professional to calls such as the Ojeda case and undergo more frequent training in stun gun and other equipment use.