An employee who shot dead a disgruntled worker after he gunned down two of his colleagues at a Nebraska grain elevator company was hailed as a hero and likely prevented more deaths, police officials said.
The brave worker, who was not identified, retrieved a weapon and shot Max Hoskinson, 61, after the just-fired gunman went on his murderous spree at Agrex Elevator in Superior, Nebraska, on Thursday. A third person was shot but survived.
Patrol Sgt. Jeff Roby said during Friday's news conference that authorities do not anticipate filing any charges against the hero marksman who shot Hoskinson.
'In fact, it's likely that the employee's actions may have prevented much further loss of life in this tragedy,' Roby said.
Roby said he could not comment on whether Hoskinson targeted the victims, who were all Agrex employees. He said several other Agrex employees were on site when the shooting occurred.
Authorities said Hoskinson had been fired earlier Thursday and returned around 2pm with a gun and began wildly shooting in an office area.
The unnamed employee grabbed a shotgun from an office and shot Hoskinson, killing him, police said.
The victims were identified as Sandra Nelson, 60, of Formoso, Kansas, and 53-year-old Darin Koepke, of Hadar, Nebraska. The unidentified third person shot by Hoskinson was treated at a hospital and released.
Nebraska State Patrolman Jeff Roby claimed that the unnamed employee who shot gunman Max Hoskinson, 61, prevented more deaths. Authorities do not anticipate