A female police officer in Omaha has been shot and critically wounded in an exchange of gunfire at a local park.
The suspect has also been critically wounded.
Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker reports the officer responded to a call that a suspicious man had been peering into windows in the neighborhood of Dewey Park. The officer approached the suspect, according to Baker, and ordered him to sit and put his arms behind his back.
“He was armed with a handgun,” Baker says. “Shots were fired and an officer did engage the suspect.”
The officer was shot in the ankle. The officer returned fire, shooting up to six shots at the suspect.
An eyewitness, Greg Powell, says he saw the suspect resist arrest.
“I heard her say, ‘Get on the ground.’ And he didn’t get on the ground and he pulled something out and got shot,” Powell tells reporters.
Both the officer and the suspect are listed in critical condition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
No names have been released at this time.
Julia Bertino, KFAB, contributed to this story.