One in custody after seven-hour standoff in Utica


Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team, with assistance from the Seward County Sheriff’s Office, safely resolved a standoff in Utica on Jan. 31.

At approximately 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Seward County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at a residence in Utica. According to the Seward County Sheriff’s Office, the domestic dispute involved a 22-year-old woman, identified as Nicole Nisly, who had struck her mother in the head with a frying pan.

Nisly was in a bedroom with her minor child when deputies arrived and entered the bedroom. At that time, Nisly struck a deputy in the arm with a knife.

She then barricaded herself inside the residence with the child, threatening to harm herself and the child.

Deputies then secured the scene as a potential hostage situation arose and requested assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol.

According to the NSP, troopers, including NSP crisis negotiators, responded to Utica to assist. The NSP SWAT Team was also activated.

After multiple hours of negotiations, the woman allowed the child to leave the home. The child was safely taken into protective custody, but the woman again barricaded herself in a room inside the residence.

A short time later, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the NSP SWAT team made entry into the room and successfully took Nisly into custody. There were no injuries to the woman or the child during this incident.

Utica Fire and Rescue medically treated the deputy on-scene, where he remained until the situation resolved. He was then treated for the minor injury and released from Seward Memorial Hospital. No other law enforcement officers or civilians were harmed.

Nisly was lodged in the Seward County Detention Center pending further charges.