Omaha, Neb. (WOWT) – A 23-year-old man is dead after an overnight officer-involved shooting.
According to the Omaha Police Department, around 3 a.m. Sunday, Omaha police officers responded to a shots fired call near 30th and Marcy streets.
When officers arrived, they found a man in a parked SUV.
Omaha police have identified the man in the driver’s seat as 23-year-old Jeremiah Wilson.
Omaha police say a responding officer walked up to the SUV and saw a gun in Wilson’s hand.
Police say the officers then overpowered Wilson and gave him several verbal commands over a six-minute period to drop the gun. OPD also says the officers tried to help Wilson in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.
Wilson threatened officers several times during the incident and refused to drop the gun.
Another witness said Wilson was talking to officers through the driver’s side window when he allegedly sped over to the passenger side. An undercover officer was in that direction.
Two officers, including the officer near the passenger side of the SUV, drew their guns. Wilson was shot during the incident.
The man was transported to UNMC as Omaha Fire Department medics continued CPR.
Wilson later died at the hospital.
Omaha police later said the area was safe, but they asked the public to avoid the area while they investigated.
Police recovered a gun in the driver’s side floorboard of Wilson’s SUV. Wilson was the only occupant of the SUV.
Police say Wilson has a history of weapons-related charges.
Investigators spoke briefly about the possible motive at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
“There is some history with this individual in the past,” said Lt. Neil Bonacci, Omaha police public information officer. “A similar situation he talked about. Not necessarily in that situation, but talking about the suicidal ideation of the officers involved.
Omaha police said the incident was caught on body cameras. OPD says all audio can be heard in the footage, but the cameras were partially obstructed because the officers were undercover.
No officers were injured in the incident.
Both officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. The names of the two officers have not been released. OPD says they will interview both in the coming days.
The investigation is still ongoing. The Nebraska State Patrol and Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office are also assisting in the investigation.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Omaha this year, according to authorities. In another incident in late August, Omaha police saw a man shot and killed when he answered the door holding a semi-automatic shotgun.
This is an evolving story. Stay with 6 News for updates.
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