Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis released the name of the man who led law enforcement on a chase through Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue Monday afternoon. He says 21 year old Zachari Johnson, a homeless man in the Lincoln area was shot and killed by an Air Force security contractor.
Sheriff Davis says Johnson stole a vehicle Sunday night or early Monday morning in Lincoln. Inside that vehicle the owner had left credit cards and Johnson had used one of them at a Wal-Mart store in Gretna. Shortly afterwards Sheriff Davis says dispatch received a call of a car driving erratically on Highway 75 and Fairview Road. A deputy was positioned at that location and started following the vehicle but Johnson gave chase and ended up at Offutt Air Force Base.
Sheriff Davis says after circling a parking lot several times Johnson drove onto the base using the exit lanes at the SAC gate. Johnson tried to exit the base at the Bellevue gate but it was blocked by a Bellevue Police car. He then went to the Kenney gate that was blocked by vehicles. Sheriff Davis says Johnson wedged the vehicle between two others. It was shortly after he was shot by the Air Force security contractor.
Johnson has an extensive criminal record that includes theft and sexual assault. Lincoln authorities say there were no active warrants issued for Johnson but he was wanted for questioning in a theft.