More information has been released regarding Monday morning’s police involved shooting near 33rd and Q Streets in Omaha. Police Chief Alex Hayes says there were hundreds of people at the Guaca Maya restaurant. Two off duty officers were working security and saw a car speed from the area.
“This vehicle then ended up on 33rd Street coming northbound. Careened in to the curb on the east side of the street and there was a Hispanic man chasing that vehicle with a gun in his hand.”
Chief Hayes says the victim was given orders from the officers but did not obey.
“One of the officers yelled at the man to stop and he just discharged his firearm at the party in the vehicle as they were leaving.”
Chief Hayes says officers saw the gun in the man’s hands.
“The detectives did detect a black, semi-automatic look-alike, a CO2 pellet gun near the victim’s body.”
Chief Hayes says this weapon is a high powered pellet gun that looks and sounds real.
“A gun is a gun. They are not toys and people shouldn’t have them out in public chasing people. They are dangerous.”
One officer, Jason Messerschmidt fired about seven shots. The suspect/victim was killed. Both Messerschmidt and the other officer are on administrative leave.