November 28, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

$10,000 reward offered for shooting suspect of Lexington man

    The U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Omaha is offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a man wanted for crimes committed in January in Kearney and Omaha.  

     Romeo Dupree Chambers, age 25, is wanted out of Kearney for the January 16, 2022 shooting death of 31-year-old Jared M. Shinpaugh of Lexington at a Kearney residence. Chambers is also wanted for robbery out of Omaha.   Investigators have worked leads on this case in Omaha, as well as in Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Missouri. 

    Chambers has no known address. He is described as a black male, standing 6 feet 2 inches, weighing 165 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  He also has a distinctive “B” (Boston Red Sox logo) tattoo on his forehead. Chambers may go by the name “Rowdy.” 

    Chambers should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

    Anyone with information on Chambers’ whereabouts is encouraged to call Omaha Crimestoppers at 402-444-STOP or the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-877-926-8332. Tips may also be submitted via the USMS Tips App.  

    The Metro Fugitive Task Force is made up of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshalls, Omaha Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Saunders County Sheriff’s Office, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.


    Kearney Police Department investigators have obtained a Buffalo County arrest warrant in the January 16, 2022 shooting death of 31-year-old Jared M. Shinpaugh of Lexington.   Charges against Romeo Chambers include: 2nd Degree Murder, three counts of Use of a Weapon to commit a Felony, one count of Possession of a Handgun by a Prohibited Person, one count of First-Degree Assault, and one count of Second-Degree Assault.  Each charge is classified as a Felony

    Kearney Police say they have continued to follow-up on leads, interview witnesses, and compile forensic and digital evidence leading to identifying Chambers, age 24 of Omaha, as a suspect in the shooting death of Shinpaugh, as well as the injuries to Joseph Garcia and Joshua Morris in an attempted robbery on January 16, 2022 at a Kearney residence.  More details on the case against Chambers has been sealed in Buffalo County Court.  Chambers has an open case in Douglas County Court where he was charged with Robbery for an incident that occured on January 19, 2022 or three days after the Kearney incident.   Chambers is out on bond in that case and is scheduled for preliminary hearing on March 30, 2022.

    In a news release, Kearney Police Chief Bryan Waugh said “violent crime is not acceptable in this community” and he’s proud of the effort by all involved in this case leading to multiple felony arrests.  

    On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Kearney Police responded to the 800 block of West 23rd Street in Kearney around 8:38pm to investigate a report of gunshots in the area. Investigation revealed one person was killed and two other subjects had been shot in an attempted robbery. The deceased was identified as Shinpaugh. One victim, identified as Joseph Garcia, 29, of Lexington, was treated and released at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital for a gunshot wound. It was later discovered that a resident, Joshua Morris, 18, of Kearney, was also shot during the attempted Robbery.

    Additional arrests have been made in relation to this case.  Joseph Garcia and Chenoa Lemburg have been arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery.  Joshua Morris and Mariah Chamberlin were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen handgun, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of more than one pound of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

     The case remains an ongoing investigation.

Source: Nebraska Regional News