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LPD Identifies Man Shot and Killed Following Disturbance at Chick-Fil-A

LINCOLN–(KFOR Oct. 9)–Lincoln Police on Wednesday morning released new details regarding Tuesday’s outburst at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant near 27th and Pine Lake Road, where a man was shot and killed by a law enforcement agent.

Chief Jeff Bliemeister says the man that caused the disturbance and died from the gunshot wound has been identified as 48-year-old Joseph Cimino of Lincoln.

“Witnesses reported that Cimino was upset about the food he received and grew agitated,” Bliemeister said in his opening remarks at Wednesday’s police media briefing.

Cimino threw food from tables and had an altercation with a customer. Chief Bliemeister said Cimino then was taken outside by another customer. He then backed his truck into the restaurant and continued to threaten other customers and employees. The special agent waiting in the drive-thru, 39-year-old Christopher Hall, then took action when he noticed Cimino had what appeared to be a stun gun on him.

Chief Bliemeister says Special Agent Hall tried to create space between himself and Cimino, when Cimino made threats and walked towards him with the weapon.

“Special Agent Hall fired his gun at Cimino, who died from the injuries at the scene,” according to Bliemeister.

Hall made unsuccessful attempts to do CPR on Cimino.

On Tuesday night, police served a warrant at Cimino’s home in south Lincoln and recovered some evidence for forensics testing. Their investigation continues and a grand jury has been called in to to investigate.

Police say Chick-Fil-A is closed until further notice.


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