A home near 80th and Harney in Omaha was surrounded by police crime tape just after 8 this morning. Officer Greg O’Neil says this is a case when the suspect ended up a victim.
Officer O’Neil says, “According to the homeowner he encountered a burglar inside and fired a shot. The shooting victim was transported to CHI Bergan Mercy in serious condition. At this time the investigation is ongoing.”
The homeowner is identified as 60 year old Renard Lebron and the suspect is 25 year old John McDonald.
David Gilliam is a friend of Lebron and says last Tuesday two people broke into Lebron’s home. Gilliam says Lebron was repeatedly hit with baseball bats and had large bruises and bumps on his left arm from blocking the blows. He says Lebron was able to grab a long screwdriver and fended off one attacker with the weapon and both men took off running.
Gilliam says, “This is real concerning. I told him last night hey, if you think you are in trouble and think somebody might be coming back we will bring a bunch of us over here and see to it nothing happens. I’m just worried now he will be in trouble for shooting somebody. Clearly it was a self-defense deal.”
Police are investigating to see if the two break-ins are related or if there is any other connection between Lebron and the suspects.