Mother of Man Killed at Offutt Air Force Base Files Lawsuit
27 Dec 2016
BELLEVUE, Neb. — The mother of a Lincoln man killed by an Offutt Air Force Base guard during a police chase has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the guard and Air Force commanders.
The federal lawsuit filed last week alleges that shooting 21-year-old Zachari Johnson amounted to excessive force. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Douglas Bickal, an Air Force security contractor, shot Johnson in the chest when he crashed a car through a base entrance in June 2012.
Air Force officials have said the guard was following procedure.
The Sarpy County sheriff's office says Johnson was driving a stolen Honda Civic when he raced north and tried to leave the base. The guard fired at the car three times.
The defendants haven't yet responded to the allegations.