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Nebraska Man with AR-15 Texted Wife ‘Bringing Gun to Get Shot’ Before He’s Stopped at Children’s Hospital ER: Cops

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May 3 2023, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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A Nebraska man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to harm himself and others at Children’s Hospital with an AR-15-style rifle, according to authorities.

Around 4:20 p.m. on May 1, Tyler Yates, 25, allegedly started texting and calling his wife, WOWT reported. The text messages included Yates saying, “I’m killing myself,” “Or maybe i need to bring gun there and get shot” and “K bringing gun to get shot.”

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Authorities said Yates also sent pictures to his wife of a rifle in the front passenger seat of his car, as well as photos of the road he was driving on. He told his wife he was coming to her location and he was ready to die.

Around 5:20 p.m., his wife called the police and said Yates was on his way to Children’s Hospital in Omaha and he had a rifle. She allegedly told police she was afraid for her life and said Yates owns guns, WOWT reported.

Court documents state security at Children’s Hospital put the facility on lockdown due to the threats.

Police arrived at the hospital, which is when they found Yates in his car at the Children’s Hospital emergency room parking bay. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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Yates allegedly told officers he was feeling suicidal and he gave permission to police to search his car. Police said they found a Smith & Wesson M&P 15, a semi-automatic rifle, in the trunk.

Yates was charged with terroristic threats, police said.


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