Police in Omaha have discovered a “hit list” at the residence of a Nebraska man who was involved in a homicide and carjacking before being fatally shot by police in western Iowa this past weekend.

According to investigators, two guns were found in the stolen car driven by Matthew Briggs, 41. When detectives searched his home in Papillion, Nebraska, they discovered a list that included the name of the deceased individual, as well as the names of two of Briggs’ ex-girlfriends, as stated by the Omaha Police Department in a statement on Thursday.

Further details regarding the list were not immediately available from the Omaha police when contacted on Friday.

Authorities began their search for Briggs on Saturday following reports that he had committed a series of violent crimes. This included breaking into the home of an ex-girlfriend early Saturday morning and assaulting her.

Shortly after receiving this report, the police received information that Briggs drove his car into the garage of another ex-girlfriend’s home. Although the woman residing there was not present, Briggs fired shots at a neighbor who had come to check on him. Fortunately, the neighbor was unharmed, according to the police.


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Authorities reported that a man who was killed by Iowa police after being involved in a homicide and carjacking had a “hit list.”


A short time later, investigators discovered the body of 52-year-old Steven Donsbach in his Omaha home and believe Briggs was responsible for shooting him to death. Donsbach’s name was among those on the list found at Briggs’ home, per the police.

Hours later, while the police were searching for Briggs, another report came in regarding an armed carjacking in west Omaha, committed by an individual matching Briggs’ description. Officers subsequently spotted the vehicle and initiated a pursuit that led them across the Missouri River into Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The police stated that two officers, one from Omaha and the other from Council Bluffs, confronted Briggs after he crashed the stolen car. They shot Briggs when he pointed a firearm at them, resulting in his death. Briggs was then rushed to an Omaha hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As standard procedure for all police shootings in Nebraska and Iowa, the officers involved in shooting Briggs have been placed on paid leave while the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducts an investigation.

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