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Update: Omaha police arrest suspect in Friday afternoon homicide

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 15, 2022

UPDATE: 07/16/2022 1:30 p.m.

The Omaha Police Department has arrested 62-year-old Gooden Townsell, for the homicide of 40-year-old Dontae Berry that occurred Friday afternoon in the area of South 26th and St. Mary's Avenues.

According to police, officers responded to a call of a man down from an assault shortly after 1 p.m. when they were told by Omaha Fire Department personnel the man had been stabbed. Berry was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

At 3:40 p.m., police saw the suspect vehicle in the area of North 30th Street and Ames Avenue where pursuit started after the vehicle failed to stop.

The pursuit ended near North 30th and Parker Streets.

The occupants of the vehicle, which included Townsell, were detained and later interviewed by OPD Homicide detectives.

Townsell has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, according to police.

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