December 17, 2014

Man on furlough from prison is shot and killed by Omaha officers

Two Omaha police officers are on paid administrative leave for Sunday morning’s shooting death of 29 year old Jermaine Lucas. Chief Todd Schmaderer says the officers heard a number of gunshots in the 30th and Pratt Street area and turned a corner to investigate. He says that is when they saw Lucas running toward them holding on to his waistband.  Lucas then fell and dropped a gun.

Chief Schmaderer says the officers told Lucas not to move but he lunged for the gun so the officers opened fire, hitting and killing Lucas.

Lucas was on a 48 hour furlough from the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln. He was serving time for illegal gun possession.

The officers, Alvin Lugod and Joseph Koenig each have been with the Omaha Police Department for four years.  A grand jury will investigate.