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UPDATE: No injuries, teens arrested following officer-involved shooting early Friday

Catalytic converter theft suspected
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Posted at 9:55 AM, Oct 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-22 16:44:59-04


Police issued a help an officer call just before 4 a.m. after an officer fired shots inside Tranquility Pointe Apartments near 126th and Ames Plaza.

A caller reported men trying to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in the apartment building parking lot around that time.

According to Omaha police, officers arrived on the scene at 3:54 a.m. and located the suspect vehicle, which they say matched the description given by the 911 caller. Three male suspects exited the vehicle and began to run from the officers as they approached the vehicle, according to the police report. The suspects were pursued on foot.

During the chase on foot, police say that a suspect allegedly fired multiple rounds from a firearm. There were no injuries reported.

The statement from OPD continues:

"[The suspect] emerged from a tree line and can be seen on body camera footage holding and pointing a firearm directly at an officer. The officer engaged [suspect] at that time and fired three rounds at [suspect] with his service weapon. [Suspect] fell to the ground and verbal commands were given to him where he then threw his firearm to the side. [Suspect] was taken into custody without further incident. Neither the officer or [suspect] were struck by the gunfire.

Three male suspects, in addition to [the first suspect] , were located and taken into custody by other officers. Tools consistent with catalytic converter theft were located on a suspect and in the suspect vehicle. Multiple catalytic converters were also found in the vehicle."

Police took four people into custody at the scene:

The first suspect is 17-years-old and will be charged as an adult on two counts of attempted felony assault, two counts of use of a weapon, minor in possession of a weapon, possession of a defaced firearm, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal conspiracy.

A second suspect is a 16-year-old and will be charged as an adult with theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy.

Great Htoo, 24, will be charged with theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy.

Shee Gay Baw, 31, will be charged with theft by unlawful taking, possession of burglar tools, and criminal conspiracy. Theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy. Unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

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