A 21 year old man accused of causing a high speed chase last week in Omaha that ended after he was shot by a police officer is now behind bars.
Micah Taylor was released from the hospital and immediately taken to Douglas County Corrections over the weekend. Taylor was booked for assault on an officer, flight to avoid arrest, delivery of a controlled substance – marijuana, possession of a deadly weapon (brass-knuckles) during the commission of a felony, and on an outstanding warrant in Sarpy County for domestic assault, strangulation, and witness tampering.
The Omaha Police Department Gang Unit was conducting surveillance on March 8th near a uniformed officer was called to conduct a traffic stop. Officers had witnessed Taylor in a drug transaction. Taylor did stop along Highway 75 and Lake Street but that resulted in a struggle with Officer Dave Staskiewicz who ended up firing three shots. One round hit Taylor in the neck. He continued to drive until he crashed the vehicle on Highway 75 near L Street. He was then taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Staskiewicz suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released a statement: “Based on the evidence we can verify at this time, which includes multiple sources of video, Officer Staskiewicz’s use of deadly force was reasonable and justified.” Officer Staskiewicz remains on administrative duty while the investigation continues.