Jorge Luis Santana-Ramirez Death – Nebraska State Patrol identified the man who was shot and killed by law enforcement after driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 to avoid a traffic stop. According to the Seward County Sheriff’s office, a deputy tried to stop a passenger vehicle on westbound I-80 on Oct. 23.
The driver, now identified as 43-year-old Jorge Luis Santana-Ramirez, refused to stop, instead turning around and traveling east in the westbound lanes. After a 7-mile pursuit, Santana-Ramirez, from Hastings, stopped at mile marker 383 west of Lincoln. Investigators say a passenger in the vehicle got out, but Santana-Ramirez refused law enforcement commands.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies observed a weapon in Santana-Ramirez’s hand, leading to the shooting. The Seward County Sheriff’s Office said first aid was rendered by troopers and deputies, but Santana-Ramirez was pronounced dead.
The incident is still under investigation. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the investigation will be reviewed by the Lancaster County Attorney in accordance with the grand jury process.