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La Vista Police involved in shooting Thursday morning

Posted at 9:27 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 19:14:05-04

An investigation was underway after shots were fired between La Vista Police officers and a suspect on the run Thursday morning.

According to the La Vista Police Department's official Twitter account, the department was a part of an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning, but no officers were injured.

La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire but no one was hit. Officers were responding to a disturbance reported around 8 a.m. in the area of 69th and Josephine streets. Police at the scene said the incident started with two women arguing in the yard. 



La Vista Police said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon that responding officers made contact with two women and a man in the front yard of a residence there, and noticed the man was "acting nervously." The officers asked to see his hands, but he did not comply with their request, police said. 

"The officers saw him reach into his waistband and reach for what they believed was a gun," the report states. "Officers determined he was armed and the suspect fled into the backyard of the residence and ran northbound through backyards."

Several officers responded to a crime broadcast put out regarding the incident, resulting in a large police presence near the area of La Vista and Gertrude drives and 69th Street and La Vista Drive. Omaha Police, Papillion Police, Bellevue Police and State Troopers were assisting on the scene.



La Vista Police said the shooting occurred at 70th and Emile streets, and that a suspect had been taken into custody. 

"La Vista Police Officer Nick Jeanette and the suspect became involved in a physical confrontation and the suspect broke free from Officer Jeanette and produced a handgun," the report states. "Officer Jeanette then fired multiple rounds at the suspect."

Police said the suspect tried to get into a home in that area when the suspect and a La Vista Police officer exchanged gunfire.

No one was shot, but the suspect took off again and forced his way into another home at Emiline and La Vista drives. The homeowner told police he found the suspect in the kitchen. Police said the homeowner jumped the suspect and was able to detain him.  

The suspect fired one round during the confrontation with the homeowner, according to the police report. "The weapon was still in the suspect’s possession when officers made entry," the report states.

As the incident was unfolding, nearby G. Stanley Hall Elementary School and the La Vista Sports Complex were advised by police to go on lockdown status. The school was put on "lock out" status, meaning no one was allowed to enter the building. The lockdown advisory was lifted at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

"You hear about school lockdowns and school lockouts all the time, and I’m really concerned," nearby resident Amber Hicks said. "Not being able to get ahold of your child while they are at school, not knowing what’s going on, it’s kinda scary."

The suspect, Jonathan Grund, 25, was treated at the scene by Papillion Fire Department medics and transported to Midlands Hospital for treatment after ingesting narcotics, police said. Upon his release, police said, he will face the following felony charges:

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Use of a weapon to commit a felony
  • Terroristic threats
  • Burglary 
  • Resisting arrest
  • Attempted first-degree assault

Alyska Gatzemeyer, 24; Kelli Macfarlane, 44; and Corey Summers, 21, were also taken into custody on charges of failing to appear in court. 

Lausten said Bellevue Police are investigating the "shots fired' incident. La Vista Police will be investigating the incident leading up to it.

Stay with 3 News Now for updates as this story unfolds.