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Man arrested after 8-hour standoff in Cass County

August 29, 2018

A 39-year-old man was arrested after firing shots at law enforcement officers during an eight-hour standoff in Union on Monday.

Cass County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home at about 9 a.m. after the owner reported his son, James McClane, appeared under the influence of drugs or alcohol, breaking furniture in the home.

At 10:15 a.m., the father was able to leave, but as he exited the home, the son fired a shot at deputies. Nobody were injured.

The Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team was then called and worked with deputies to end the standoff.

At about 4:15 p.m., a bomb robot was sent into the house, and its camera showed McClane still armed with a rifle, according to a State Patrol release.

McClane surrendered at about 4:40 p.m. after multiple rounds of tear gas were fired into the house. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

He was taken to Bellevue Medical Center for evaluation and will be transferred to the Cass County Jail after his release.

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