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Update: OPD says officers' interviews consistent with witness statements, evidence following June 6 shooting

Officers discharged their service firearms in response to an armed person firing a gun
Posted at 3:15 PM, Jun 06, 2023

UPDATE: 6/12/2023 5:47 p.m.

The Omaha Police Department released the findings of its Officer Involved Investigations Team on Monday afternoon in connection to an incident on June 6 near 30th Street and Ames Avenue. The department says it has interviewed the officers who discharged their firearms while responding to the incident (more in the story below).

OPD says: "Their statements are consistent with other witness statements and the physical evidence found at the scene. The incident was caught on area surveillance cameras which also corroborate the officers' actions and statements of them responding to an active shooting incident."

One of the suspects in the incident was taken to the hospital with a non-fatal gunshot wound.

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Here's what we know from recent Omaha Police press releases:

On Wednesday the Omaha Police Department identified three suspects who were arrested in connection to a shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Brandi Walker, 28, will be booked for attempted felony assault, terroristic threats, evidence tampering, and shooting at an occupied vehicle.
  • Jahari Love, 26, will be booked for attempted felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
  • Matthew Berg, 37, will be booked for attempted felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

The two OPD employees involved in this incident are Captain Jay Leavitt and Lieutenant Owen Gregg. Leavitt has been on the department since 1998 and Gregg has been with the department since 2008. Both remain on administrative leave at this time.
The Omaha Police Department Officer Involved Investigations Team is continuing to investigate the Tuesday incident where two officers discharged their service firearms after they witnessed an armed individual firing a long gun outside a strip mall near N 31st and Ames Avenues.

Officers were leaving a business after a community meeting when gunfire was heard to the north of Ames Ave.

Police then saw a man, later identified as Jahari Love near a car in front of 3048 Ames Ave holding a long gun and firing toward 4510 N 31st Ave.

The officers ran across Ames Ave toward Love. Two of the three officers fired their service firearms at Love.

Love was then placed into custody was taken to Nebraska Medicine with an injury to his right wrist. Three other occupants of the car were detained.

The home was secured and no other injured people were found.

Several people inside the residence were detained for questioning related to the incident.

Through witness interviews, it was determined several people exchanged gunfire immediately prior to officers discharging their firearms, according to a press release.

It still has yet to be determined if Love sustained his injury from the initial exchange or by the officer’s firearms.

All individuals involved have been detained and charges are pending consultation with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. The incident was captured on video. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol are assisting with the investigation.

The two involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

UPDATE: 6/6/2023 4:20 p.m.

Omaha Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting involving two officers who discharged their weapons in response to witnessing a suspect with a gun in the area of 31st and Ames Ave.

Here's what police said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon:

At approximately 2:37 p.m., uniformed officers were in the area of 31st and Ames Avenue for a community meeting when they heard gunfire in front of K Beauty Supply.

Officers crossed the street and say they saw an adult male outside of a vehicle holding a long gun, firing shots west at a house across the street.

Two of the three officers then fired their service weapons toward the man. At some point, the suspect was hit in the right arm, but it is unclear who fired the shot that wounded him. The suspect was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.

After getting the suspect into custody, both he and some witnesses allege that a person in the house was shooting at them. Police cleared the house and are continuing to investigate.

There is no outstanding suspect at this time. An internal investigation has also been launched, as is protocol.

More updates will be provided as information becomes available, according to police.

This is a developing story. 3 News Now has a crew on the way.

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