Omaha, NE - An Omaha Officer was shot Monday afternoon while on a suspicious person call.
According to KMTV, the incident occurred just after 1:00 PM at Dewey Park near 33rd St. and Turner Blvd. Officials from the Omaha Police Department said that a call for help was received from the female Omaha Police Officer and multiple Officers responded to assist. The Omaha Officer had initially responded to a call of someone peeking in windows, according to The Omaha World-Herald.
Chris Baker, OPD Deputy Chief, said that upon arrival, the female Omaha Officer, who has not been identified, encountered the male suspect, who was armed. The male suspect shot the OPD Officer, who returned fire, and a gunfight ensued.
The female Omaha Police Officer was shot in the ankle and the suspect was shot multiple times. Both the suspect and the female Omaha Police Officer were transported to Nebraska Medicine for treatment. The Omaha Police Officer was conscious and alert when transported. The suspect is reported to be in critical condition.
A witness, Greg Powell, said he was walking east on Turner Blvd. near the park when he saw a female Officer talking to a man. He said the Officer told the man to sit down and get his hands behind his back. Powell said that the man sat down but did not put his hands behind his back. He said that he saw the man pull something out of either his jacket or his backpack, and that the Officer shot him five or six times. He also said that the man ended up face down on the ground.
OPD Deputy Chief Baker said that the suspect was believed to be homeless. He has not yet been identified. Traffic on Turner Blvd. and nearby streets has been shut down. A heavy law enforcement presence is visible in the area, and the investigation is ongoing.
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