Two Omaha police officers will be disciplined for leaving the house of 22-year-old Destacia Straughn after a well-being check hours before she and her two-year-old daughter were killed.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says an internal investigation disclosed the officers violated department policy during the check.
Dontevous Loyd is accused of killing Straughn and her daughter Kenacia.
Loyd is also accused of shooting and wounding 22-year-old Kachelle Roby, 21-year-old Larrion Williams, and 18-year-old Jamie Latner.
During the well-being check, officers spoke both to Straughn and Loyd. They removed Loyd, her boyfriend, from the home. Prosecutors say Loyd returned armed and began firing at those gathered in the home as a sign of support for Straughn.
In a written statement released by the Omaha Police Department, Schmaderer said there was no indication of poor faith from the officers and that they had no way to predict the tragic outcome.
“It is important to note, the only person responsible for these heinous acts is Mr. Loyd himself,” Schmaderer said. “The parents of Destacia Straughn have been contacted in advance of this press release to inform them of the outcome. Dec 6th will always be a heartbreaking day in the city’s history and will serve as an annual reminder of the damaging effects of domestic violence.”
Family members have stated they asked police to arrest Loyd, fearing for the life of Straughn.