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Rural Columbus man charged after shooting neighbor

COLUMBUS — A rural Columbus man has been charged with third-degree assault after accidentally shooting his neighbor late Thursday night.

According to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Trent Kowalski was conducting target practice inside his Collegeview Trailer Park residence around 10:45 p.m. Thursday when the accident occurred.

The sheriff’s office says Kowalski was shooting a .22-caliber rifle inside his home at 6034 55th St. No. 545 when a bullet exited the residence and struck 57-year-old Mark Foxvog in the leg.

Foxvog was inside his residence at 6024 55th St. No. 546 at the time of the shooting. Foxvog was transported to Columbus Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Kowalski was arrested and taken to the Platte County Detention Facility, where he was still being held Saturday morning. No bond had been set.

The sheriff’s office and Nebraska State Patrol responded to the shooting, which is still under investigation.

Collegeview Trailer Park is located about 1 mile northwest of Columbus.

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