Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer defends the action of four officers who shot and killed 31 year old Tyree Bell on New Year’s Day.
The four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Schmaderer believes the four officers were justified in their actions.
Just after 4 am officers arrived at a northeast Omaha home after they received reports of a man armed with a shotgun, according to Schmaderer. The police chief says Bell was also holding a three-year-old child and using him as a shield against police. Negotiators were called to the scene. Chief Schmaderer says the discussions continued until after 6 am when Bell went inside the home and put the child down.
He then went outside and pointed two weapons at police. Four officers fired, hitting Bell several times. Bell was pronounced dead at an Omaha hospital.
Bell has a long criminal history list dating back to 1997. He also had a history of mental illness.