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Firefighters examine the damage at 1634 Prospect St. after two parked vehicles were hit and went through the wall of the apartment building.

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Lincoln police officers didn't fire any shots during an encounter Friday night that sent a man to the hospital, Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Monday.

Two Lincoln police gang investigators in a marked cruiser and a deputy U.S. Marshal were serving a felony drug warrant for Thomas Sailors' arrest Friday at about 8 p.m. at 16th and Prospect streets.

Sailors was sitting in the driver seat of a stolen GMC Yukon SUV at an apartment building parking lot, the chief said.

As Sailors tried to flee the scene, he hit the marshal's vehicle, a police cruiser and two other vehicles as well as the apartment building, Bliemeister said. The deputy U.S. Marshal fired shots into the Yukon, wounding Sailors, the chief said. The number of shots fired by the marshal remains under investigation.

An officer during the encounter sustained knee and shin scrapes while trying to avoid the fleeing SUV, the chief said Monday. The officers chased after the Yukon but ended their pursuit after seven minutes.

Sailors arrived at Bryan West Campus in the SUV at 8:29 p.m., and he was treated for his gunshot wounds.

He was recovering from the wounds at the hospital Monday.

The Lincoln Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation of the officer-involved shooting, police said in a news release. Additionally, internal reviews will be conducted by the police department and the U.S. Marshal's Service.


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