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Off-duty officer fires at shoplifting suspect's vehicle

At 144th and Maple Streets
Posted at 3:47 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 16:47:44-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the Omaha Police Department (OPD) said an off-duty officer shot at the vehicle of a shoplifting suspect who was trying to make off with stolen goods.

The incident occurred at the Home Depot at 144th and Maple Streets at about 6:46 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene said the officer identified himself to the suspect as he fleed the store and jumped into an SUV in the parking lot. When the vehicle drove toward the officer, witnesses said the officer shot at the tire of the vehicle and not at anyone in it.

OPD said detectives do have a still image of the suspect, tentative identification and are working on an arrest warrant.

Since a shot was fired by an officer during the incident, the Nebraska State Patrol will be involved in the investigation per protocol for such a situation.

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