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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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jamie gibson February 11, 2012 at 06:10 AM
was just talking about Nick the other day......... You will be missed my friend Jamie O. Gibson
The Dot February 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I met Nick at McCracken and remained friends with him through Niles North. He will always be a good person in my book. Edwin Revilla
Amy D February 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Oh Nick, I hope you're at peace. I will always have fond memories of you. :'(
Alen Zdralic February 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Nick was always a good guy. May you rest in peace.
Vicky Sfikas February 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Nick, u will be missed. I can remember all of us just chilling without a worry in the world. Being kids was so easy then we became parents, I hope ur baby gets rich from ur death. Bc even though I wasn't there I know for a fact u won't shot a cop. Now she has to grow up without a father, n there no amount of money out there that could ever replace her father. This is so sad:-( R.I.P Nick
Paul Elia February 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I new nick from niles north high school and even after that very nice guy and this suck big time. I really hop his family is doing good may u RIP bother Paul Elia
Brook March 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
To The Guy who Saved my life as the last of his moments where taken from him. Nick you will be missed by so many of us. What was wrote in the Powell Wy paper is All Bullshit. My Name Is Brook I Was the women in the room when Nick was Shot and killed By Powell WY PD. They gave no warning beforeing taking the shot. Before the fire rang out of Nicks Gun him and i where looking through the window and we did not see ANY cops or SWAT team he had shot one bullet up in the air. Before i knew it Nick told me That he loved me and to get down.The Powell Pd so called Officer Shot Nick through the left temple and it exited the right side temple. They had other places to shot but they took the death shot. The had to dig the bullet out of the other persons room. I have so many questions i wish he was here to answer them. I am sorry for the lost of a close homie. Nick Ungar I love you and miss you so much.. R.I.P. His name will live on with all of us. His name will be spoken about very highly.
Brook March 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM
do you know when his birthday is..
George Slefo (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Hi Brook - Can you contact me? I'd like to hear what you have to say. GeorgeS@Patch.com Thanks.
beth demas March 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hey Brooke, my name is Beth. I was a very close to Nick for many years. I'm sure u don't want to relive that morning But If u can email me I would really appreciate it, bethd223@gmail.com Nicks birthday Oct. 11, 1980.
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
RIP NICK LOVE U FAMILY FOR EVER I WILL AWAYS MISS U ME AND MY KTDS LOVE U SEE U ON THE OTHER SIDE ONE.........
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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