A man who held off Omaha area law enforcement for more than a full day shot and killed an Omaha police dog before surrendering.
The Omaha Police Department say 59-year-old Mark L’Heureux gave up Saturday night after a 26-hour stand-off.
Dead is a K9 named Kobus. The dog had been with the Omaha Police Department since 2008.
Police say L’Heureux also shot at deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies went to the home to serve L’Heureux a mental health warrant. The sheriff’s office says L’Heureux locked himself in the home and refused to come out. Deputies spotted several firearms and ammunition in the home and called in a SWAT team, the Omaha Police Bomb Squad, and negotiators.
Law enforcement tried to use gas to coax L’Heureux out, but it proved unsuccessful.
“Discipline and professional coordination was vital in bringing this incident to a close. I am proud of the deputies, officers and firefighters who worked on this extremely dangerous standoff. While there was no human loss of life during the standoff, the Omaha Police Department suffered the tragic loss of our K-9, Kobus.
Kobus was a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois who had served with OPD since 2008. Kobus was preparing to go into retirement in the next several months. The loss of our K-9 brings great sadness to the Department and to his partner and handler, Officer Matthew McKinney. Kobus died in the line of duty in order to protect the lives of sworn law enforcement,” Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in a written statement released by the department.
L’Heureux has been charged with three counts of attempted first degree homicide, four counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony, and one count of harassment of a police animal.