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Warrant: Man shot by Longview police had stolen explosives

By Ellen Goodacre
Dec. 2, 2015 at 11:45 p.m.

Nathan David Lanicek (Gregg County Jail photo)

A suspect whom police shot had stolen ammunition and a container of explosives, according to an arrest warrant after a break-in at a sporting goods store last month in Longview.

Nathan David Lanicek, 35, of Longview was held Wednesday on bonds totaling $500,000, charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Police said Lanicek broke into Academy Sports and Outdoors off McCann Road and exchanged gunfire with police about 3 a.m. Nov. 17.

Several officers responded to Academy after multiple security alarms were triggered, according to the arrest warrant. Upon arrival, officers saw the front door of the store had been shot numerous times and opened.

A review of the store's video surveillance showed a man entering through the front door and proceeding to the ammunition and firearms area, the warrant states.

Officers said earlier that they had found Lanicek at the rear exit of the Academy building armed with an M-4 rifle.

Officer Luke Altman, who was one of three officers placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, told Texas Rangers he arrived at the back parking area of the Best Buy shopping center off Loop 281 — which backs up to the Academy store — and saw Lanicek firing numerous shots at police Detective Brady Welch.

Altman approached Lanicek, who was reloading his rifle behind a trash compactor. Lanicek then spun around and fired at Altman, the warrant states.

The suspect then climbed to the rooftop of the Best Buy shopping center, and a third responding officer, Steven Burt, fired about 15 shots at Lanicek as he climbed up.

Lanicek called 911 from the roof of the store to report he was shot and asked for assistance. He was taken to Longview Regional Medical Center with injuries to his neck and shoulder.

Lanicek was found in possession of one package of Tannerite explosive, two military-style ammunition cans containing 420 full metal jackets each and M-4 rifle magazines, all of which had been taken from Academy, the warrant states.

Police believe Lanicek was in possession of the M-4 rifle before he entered the store.

The Texas Rangers still are investigating the shooting, the fifth this year involving Longview police.

All three officers placed on leave in the shooting were back on the job Tuesday.

Lanicek was arrested by Gregg County sheriff's deputies at 5 p.m. Tuesday.



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