An Omaha police officer and a suspect were shot and killed after a confrontation at North 30th Street and Martin Avenue just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The officer is identified as Kerrie Orozco. She is pictured above with her husband Hector.
The suspect is identified as Marcus Wheeler, 26.
Witnesses reported hearing about 15 gunshots in two bursts and seeing CPR performed on the officer. Officer Orozco was taken to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center. Another ambulance carried Wheeler to the same facility. Both later died.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer arrived at the scene, then left after about 15 minutes, believed to be en route to the hospital.
Sources tell WOWT 6 News Officer Orozco was a task force member. She was a wife and mother.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday evening, “This is a somber day for the City of Omaha,” and then announced that, “Kerrie Orozco has died after being shot in the line of duty.”
Deputy Chief Dave Baker said earlier that officers from the OPD Fugitive Task Force were serving a felony arrest warrant near Martin Ave. and Read Street.
“As a result of that shots were fired and an officer was tranferred to CHI Creighton, Code 99 (CPR in progress),” Baker said. The suspect was also critically injured.
Tiffany Atkins is a neighbor who told us, “I heard shots fired and when I heard shots fired, I ran down inside to my basement.”
One witness told us that the house where some of the investigation has been focused is his house and that the suspect had run into his backyard. “I just ran outside tried to get the guy help,” he said. “He just fell over, his eyes went open and rolled back.”
Marty Bilek, Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, said, “It’s very bad.”
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