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Trooper Assaulted in Plainview Incident


December 27, 2017 (Norfolk, Neb.)  — One man was arrested after assaulting a Nebraska
State Trooper outside a home in Plainview Tuesday evening.


The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. at a residence at 616 N. West Street, in Plainview. Trooper
Brandon Viterna went to the residence to follow-up with a woman on a previous car accident. When
he arrived at the home, Trooper Viterna was confronted by a man outside the home.


The man, identified as Billy Ray Hoscheit, 52, reached into a vehicle, pulled out a machete, and
continued yelling at the trooper. Hoscheit then put the machete back into the car and approached the
trooper. Trooper Viterna pushed him away, but Hoscheit charged again leading to a physical
confrontation. At that time, Hoscheit struck Trooper Viterna in the face.


Trooper Viterna called for back-up and additional officers from the Plainview Police Department,
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrived at the scene. Hoscheit went
inside the house and locked the door. After attempting to get Hoscheit to voluntarily surrender,
officers made entry into the house. A second struggle ensued in which Hoscheit was taken into


After being taken into custody, Hoscheit began complaining of chest pains and was transported
to the Plainview Hospital where he was evaluated and released. NSP arrested Hoscheit for Assault
on an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, and Disobeying a Lawful Order. He was lodged in
Pierce County Jail.


Trooper Viterna was evaluated and released from the Plainview Hospital.




Cody Thomas – Public Relations Director

(402) 479-4985


Captain Paul Hattan – Troop B Commander



Note: Requests for booking photos should be made to the county jail.

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