Omaha police looking for driver who struck OPD car, injuring officer

OPD: Officer shot at vehicle after crash
Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 19:08:01-04

Omaha Police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of an accident early Thursday with an OPD officer, who fired shots at the car as it sped away, according to an OPD release.

At 2:30 a.m. Thursday, OPD officers pursued a white Honda Accord after they saw it violate a traffic signal at 13th Street and Bob Gibson Boulevard, but lost sight of it near 16th Street and Spring Lake Drive, the release states.

The Honda struck a second OPD cruiser driven by Officer Jordan Smith, 26, who was in the area at the time, nearly head-on, leaving Smith with injuries to both legs, the release states. He was transported to Bergan Mercy Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Smith fired three rounds as the Honda sped away; the vehicle was located minutes later near the round-about at 16th Street and Spring Lake Drive, the release states.

Police noted the car had been struck by three bullets, but said there was no evidence any of them had entered the passenger area of the vehicle, which had been reported stolen Wednesday in Carter Lake, Iowa.

Police searched the area near where the vehicle was found, but did not find a suspect.

The OPD Officer Involved Investigation Team is looking for information about the driver; anyone with information about this person or witnessed the incident is asked to contact OPD at 402-444-5656. Meanwhile, the team has interviewed five people, including two OPD officers, about the incident and have collected video evidence, the release states. 

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