A 26-year-old man was flown from North Platte to an Omaha hospital in the early hours Sunday, Sept. 18 in serious condition from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The Lincoln County sheriff’s office said the man was shot at the Welcome Inn on U.S. Highway 30 on the west edge of North Platte. The 911 call came in at 11:28 p.m.

Deputies and North Platte Rescue arrived, found the man and the shooter. The younger man was taken to Great Plains Health, and then flown to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. He is reportedly in serious but stable condition, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

The shooter, a 66-year-old man, lives at the motel, and was visibly shaken, the sheriff said. He has serious medical conditions. and was taken in for questioning.

Investigators said the two men were friends and had a late dinner together. The younger man began to drink heavily, and the older man asked him to leave. The two argued. The older man repeatedly asked the younger man to leave, the sheriff said.

Instead, the younger man told the older man he was going to kill him and displayed a knife.

The older man shot the younger man with a handgun that he had, the sheriff said.

Although the investigation continues, it seemed clear to all investigators that the elderly man acted in self-defense, and he returned to his room. No charges were filed and no names were released.

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