Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says the officers involved in Monday’s shooting of Monroe Evans III were justified in their use of deadly force. Officers were sent to 1327 Park Avenue just after 1 p.m. after getting a report of a suspicious person looking into windows.
The incident was audio recorded from the mobile video camera in the officers’ cruiser. The camera was working but the incident was outside the view. The audio captured both Officer Jill Shillerberg and Officer Matthew Skradski asking Evans for his name. Officer Skradski told Evans to stop and remove his hands from his pockets several times. Evans was verbally non-compliant and kept his hands in the pocket of his sweatshirt and continued to walk away from both officers.
Police reports show both officers attempted to pat down Evans for weapons and that prompted a struggle. Officer Shillerberg was attempting to handcuff Evans who said he was going to “start popping”, which is confirmed by the cruiser camera audio. Officer Shillerberg then saw Evans with a gun in his right and he fired a shot hitting her in the left ankle. Evans then fell to the ground and raised the gun in Officer Shillerberg’s direction. That is when both officers opened fire on Evans.
Evans’ 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene. Evans was rushed to a hospital and into surgery. He remains in critical but stable condition.
A total of four witness interviews have been complete, including the person who called 911 to report that Evans was attempting to get into parked vehicles.
Officer Shillerberg was treated and released from a hospital.