BEATRICE – Gage County law officers have released the name of a man injured when he was shot in the back of the neck, early Sunday.
23-year-old Boston Bieler, of Beatrice was found lying on the front porch of a South Sumner Street home, early Sunday, when Gage County Sheriff’s Officers and Beatrice Police were sent to the scene.
The home is located at 27522 Southwest 32nd Road……also known as Sumner Street. Law officers and EMS were dispatched to the scene at 4:13 a.m., Sunday.
When authorities arrived, several people were standing on the porch and a woman was holding the victim’s head, applying a towel to the victim’s wound. Bieler had been shot in the back of the neck and was taken by Beatrice Fire and Rescue to a Lincoln hospital. Authorities had summoned a medical helicopter, but it could not fly because of windy, snowy conditions.
Beatrice Fire and Rescue transported Bieler to Bryan LGH West Trauma Center in Lincoln, where he is listed in critical condition with the injury to his neck and spinal cord.
Investigators determined that a male identified as 32-year-old Nathan King, of Beatrice, had gotten into an argument with Bieler on the front porch of the home. Investigators say King is believed to have threatened Bieler with a handgun. Authorities say King went back into his residence, allegedly firing one shot from the handgun through the front door. The bullet went through glass in the door and struck Bieler. According to court records, while being taken to the hospital, Bieler allegedly identified King as the person who shot him.
Law officers were initially told King was inside the house with a weapon, but while enroute to the scene, they were told that King was outside the house, without a weapon.
Two females questioned at Beatrice Police headquarters, said they observed King fire the shot.
Law officers arrested King at the scene and he’s been booked for attempted murder, 2nd-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and terroristic threats. King’s appearance bond was set at $100,000 with bail set at $50,000, in Gage County Court, Monday morning. He faces further hearing, April 6th. His bond contains a provision barring him from contact with the victim, except through legal counsel.