Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released more information about the shooting death of Officer Karrie Orozco Wednesday.
Schmaderer says Sgt. Jeffrey Kopietz and Officer Robert Laney, both members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance along Martin Avenue just before 1 pm in northeast Omaha when they spotted the suspect, Marcus Wheeler. He was ordered to stop.
Chief Schmaderer says Wheeler fired shots and ran. Officer Laney did not fire back but radioed Sgt. Kopietz who soon located Wheeler nearby. Sgt. Kopetz ordered Wheeler to stop. Wheeler then fired shots at Sgt. Kopetz who returned fire and again Wheeler ran.
Chief Schmaderer says that is when Officer Kerrie Orozco and her partner, Officer Jeffery Shada, arrived as back-up. Sgt. Kopetz again spotted Wheeler and another round of gunfire was exchanged when Officer Orozco shouted she had been struck. He says Wheeler was located in a nearby back yard and was also injured.
Both were taken to CHI Creighton University Medical Center where they were later pronounced dead.
Chief Schmaderer says Officer Orozco was struck by a bullet above her protective vest. Sgt. Kopietz was the only officer that fired a service weapon. He remains on administrative leave pending an internal and Grand Jury investigation.