SCHUYLER — A grand jury has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing in the June 30 death of a Schuyler murder suspect.
After reviewing the evidence, the Colfax County grand jury deliberated for just a few minutes Friday before deciding no criminal charges would be filed in connection with the incident.
The jury found that 55-year-old Fidelgarin Valdez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head inside an apartment unit at 715 E St. in Schuyler.
Law enforcement officers, including a Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team, were serving an arrest warrant for Valdez shortly before 6 p.m. June 30 when the shooting happened.
Valdez, who was originally from Cuba but lived and worked in Schuyler, was wanted in connection with a June 27 homicide at the Schuyler Inn.
Janner Ramon Torres Diaz, 33, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in that incident and was pronounced dead at CHI Health Schuyler.
Torres Diaz, who was also from Cuba but lived and worked in Schuyler, was found shortly before 2 a.m. June 27 on a second-story balcony at the local motel. Schuyler Police officers performed CPR before he was transported by ambulance to the local hospital.
The Schuyler Police Department, Colfax County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska State Patrol were part of the homicide investigation, and the State Patrol led the investigation into Valdez's death.
Ballistics testing on shell casings found at the scene of the incidents determined the same gun was used in both shootings.