HASTINGS – At approximately 12:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, the Nebraska State Patrol, working with the Lincoln Police Department, attempted to serve a search warrant on a home in west Hastings. The warrant was part of a case being investigated by the Lincoln Police Department. The home belonged to Kipp Pfieffer, 49 years old, of Hastings. The search warrant was for suspected possession of child pornography.
As law enforcement personnel knocked on the door and announced their presence, there was no answer from inside the home. Movement was observed inside the home during that time. After waiting to allow time for the occupant to answer the door, law enforcement breached the front door to the residence.
The troopers and officers searched the home and found Pfieffer deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement personnel discharged a weapon during the event.
NSP has requested that the Hastings Police Department conduct the investigation into the death. The HPD was asked to investigate because the death occurred when members of the NSP were on scene and state law requires an independent investigation for grand jury purposes.