The Omaha Police Department, area law enforcement and the community is mourning the death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement Wednesday that she was killed in the line of duty.
Officer Orozco was a member of the fugitive task force. Chief Schmaderer says she and other officers were in a northeast neighborhood of 31st and Vane just before 1 pm to serve a felony warrant to suspect Marcus Wheeler for 1st degree assault related to an earlier shooting. Wheeler then fired shots at officers and ran.
Omaha officers followed Wheeler to 30th and Martin Avenue where shots were exchanged between Wheeler and officers. It was then Officer Orozco was shot. Officers at the scene immediately started CPR until medics arrived.
Officers followed Wheeler who was found in a nearby yard. He too was shot and officers started CPR.
Both Officer Orozco and Wheeler were transported to CHI Creighton University’s trauma center. Surgeon, Dr. Michael Wagner says both were given immediate care but neither could be resuscitated.
Chief Schmaderer says Officer Orozco leaves behind a husband and two step children. She gave birth to a baby girl on February 17th. The baby was premature and was still receiving care at Nebraska Medicine. The baby was scheduled to be released Thursday. Officer Orozco was planning to start her maternity leave today.
Wheeler was a convicted felon and a known gang member.