|Charges filed in Keith Co. high speed chase/shooting|
By Jan Rahn
Charges have been filed against Mark J. Phillips, 39, of Louisville, Colo., for shooting at law enforcement personnel following a high-speed chase on Dec. 7 southwest of Ogallala.
Charges of alleged attempted first-degree murder were filed in Keith County Court on Friday, Dec. 10 against Phillips because he shot at state patrol troopers who were searching for him on foot when he fled after crashing the vehicle he was driving.
Deputies from Perkins County were involved in the high speed pursuit and the search on foot, however, were not involved in the shooting.
Law enforcement from both Keith and Perkins counties joined in a high speed pursuit for nearly an hour of up to 90 mph on county roads south and west of Ogallala after a Nebraska State Patrol trooper had stopped Phillips along Highway 61 south of Ogallala. Phillips sped away after a brief conversation with the trooper at approximately 8 p.m. the evening of Dec. 7 and the chase ensued.
The high speed pursuit ended approximately five miles southwest of Brule when Phillips crashed the 1999 Dodge Durango he was driving and fled on foot.
Phillips was found by state troopers 400 yards east of where he crashed the vehicle. He fired two shots at the officers with a .38 caliber handgun.
Officers returned fire, wounding Phillips who was then taken by ambulance to the hospital in Ogallala and later airlifted to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
A passenger in the vehicle, Scott P. Suedekum 33, of Big Springs, was arrested at the site of the crash. He was transported to the Ogallala hospital and then taken to the Keith County jail.
Suedekum was charged for being a felon allegedly possessing a firearm. He posted bail at 10 percent of a $50,000 bond and has an arraignment scheduled in Keith County Court on Jan. 3, 2011.
Phillips faces charges of two counts of alleged attempted first-degree murder, a Class II felony; two counts of alleged attempted first-degree assault of an officer, a Class II felony; alleged distribution of methamphetamine, a Class IC felony; felon in alleged possession of a firearm, a Class ID felony; alleged possession of methamphetamine and operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, both Class IV felonies; and alleged obstruction of a peace officer, a Class I misdemeanor.