Authorities on Tuesday identified the security guard involved in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man at Offutt Air Force Base.
Douglas E. Bickal, 53, of Papillion shot and killed Zachari Johnson of Lincoln. Johnson was fleeing from police when he drove onto the base on June 4.
Bickal is a police officer for the Air Force's 55th Security Forces Squadron, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said. He is a civilian government employee.
The Strategic Air Command Elite Guard Association confirmed that Bickal was one of its guards from 1984 to 1992. The Elite Guards provided security for the operations of what was then SAC.
Rich Randall of the association said he did not know Bickal. He said, however, that the Elite Guard was a hand-selected team made up of “the best of the best.”
The guards were extensively trained and highly disciplined, he said.
All Air Force police officers must have at least a year of law enforcement experience, either with the military or with a civilian police force, and must attend training classes.
Johnson was driving a stolen vehicle erratically on U.S. Highway 75 when Sarpy County sheriff's deputies tried to pull him over.
He drove through Offutt's front entrance and led officers from several police agencies on a chase through the base.
Brig. Gen. Donald Bacon, commander of the Air Force's 55th Wing, said Bickal shot Johnson three times at close range.
Johnson's family members have said he was unarmed, had no history of violent crime and wasn't a danger to anyone.
A Sarpy County grand jury will investigate Johnson's death. Nebraska law requires a grand jury investigation whenever someone dies while in police custody or while authorities are trying to apprehend someone.