Former Niles North Grad Shot and Killed by Wyoming Police

Skokie native Nick Ungar attended Jane Stenson Elementary and Niles North High School before moving out to Wyoming. He was gunned down by police during a shoot out in Wyoming on Thursday.

Updated 6:29 p.m. ~

A former Niles North High School student was fatally shot in a standoff with police in Powell, Wyo. on Thursday, the Cody Enterprise reports.

The man was identified as Nick Ungar, 31.

A friend of Ungar's told Wyoming media that prior to the shooting Ungar had become "extremely upset over a confrontation with his father."

The shoot out took place at a motel that Ungar would sometimes visit, according to Cody Enterprise. At the time of the shooting, however, Ungar was not renting a room, the news outlet reported.

The standoff happened on Thursday around 3 a.m. Ungar told police that he was holding a hostage inside his hotel room, Cody Enterprise reported. Around 7:30 a.m., Ungar began firing shots at the officers and police fired back, making contact with Ungar. He was then transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Cody Enterprise.

Meanwhile, the Powell Tribune reported that a witness said Ungar never fired at police.

“[The witness], who was watching from across the street, said Ungar opened the door and was shot. He disputed the police account that Ungar was firing at officers,” the Powell Tribune reported.

A former class of 1999 student, Ungar attended Niles North High School and also worked at a local GameStop in Village Crossing.

Niles North graduate Steve Kogen met Ungar in Skokie during the sixth grade and the pair remained friends throughout high school.

"He had the image of being the toughest guy [at Niles North High School]," Kogen, 30, said. "But he was basically a big giant teddy bear once you got to know him; he was rough on the outside, but soft on the inside."

Kogen said it was around his senior year that him and his best friend went "in different directions."

"He was always there when you needed him," Kogen said. "A lot of people were afraid of him, and he was one of the most popular kids at our school. He made a lot of people laugh."

It is unclear when Ungar moved to Wyoming. When new information becomes available Skokie Patch will update.  

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ISH GAMBOA March 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I met nick in Scottsbluff while working. He was a great friend to me always made me laugh and smile. Thos who know nick know that he was a good man. Even though i didnt know him for very long, we became close friends. Theres was something about that guy that always brought attention to him. I wish i had that chance to say goodbye. Love you G.......ISH Gamboa
dgonzo April 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
R.I.P. to a homie that I met in scottsbluff..Chicago is where he was from.. Nick Ungar....A.K.A savage ...leaves behind a beautiful little girl..."brooklyn" This Go's out to Nick..I was greatful that I had the chance to know you..I remember just like it was yesterday playing madden when you use to school me with the bears and when we played pool you finally beat me and was quick to tell everyone you did..lol. man G. This shit is crazy..I remember when you left and gave me your key to take care of shadow..(dog) you save from the pound..I got him a good home... Just wanted to say thank you for the good memorys I wish we could have had more bro..I have nothing but homie love for you..if I ever have the chance to tell your daughter about you. I will say you were his heart and soul ..if anyone wants some pic's of Nick give me a Holla...Dion Gonzales hit me on face book...I will always miss you bro..but will never forget you G..
Conyo Jkr Trevino April 09, 2012 at 02:24 AM
savage vixon April 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Hey my name is Kelsy Conners I was there that night when nick died he was a great friend of mine. The papers are wrong and the cops are corrupt. If any of you need any info find me on face book I live in cody Wyoming. Me, brook, and chris are the only ones who know what really happened. We want the savage remembered right.
geo mendi November 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
RIP Via con Dios my friend Coach G


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