A man is recovering from an Omaha Police officer involved shooting Monday afternoon. This started as an armed robbery and auto theft and followed by a pursuit that ended in gunfire. Around 11 a.m., police were called to a home in east central Omaha by the suspect’s ex-girlfriend to report he had taken her vehicle. She told police that 31 year old Dillon Trejo was using drugs, possibly armed with a gun and was concerned about his well being.
At 2:40 p.m., officers were called to a convenience store on south 24th Street for an armed robbery. Police say Trejo pointed a gun at employees and at customers and took money from the cash register. He then was driving a white Mercury Grand Marquis that was later discovered unoccupied on South 51st Street.
At 3:18, police were called to 303 South 51st Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. Witnesses say the suspected arrived in a white Mercury Grand Marquis and stole the victim’s white Ford F-150 pickup with Iowa license plates.
Police spotted the pickup about an hour later near 25th and Marcy Street. They attempted a traffic stop but Trejo fled. At 4:30, Trejo stopped the pickup at 26th and Rees Street and tried to run from police. Officers say Trejo then turned toward the officers and pulled up his shirt, reached into the waist band and raised his hand and arm up at officers as if he had gun. That is when police fired, hitting Trejo at least one time. The incident was captured on officer’s body cameras.
Trejo was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He is now in stable condition and under police guard at the hospital. Charges are pending.
Investigators interviewed witnesses and about a dozen officers at the scene. The officer that fired his weapon is on administrative leave pending the investigation. More details will be released at a later time.