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OPD: Armed suspect taken into custody near Monroe Middle School

Posted at 1:47 PM, May 16, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to Omaha Police spokesman, Officer Chris Gordon, an armed male suspect was taken into custody outside Monroe Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.

Omaha Police received a call at 12:43 p.m. regarding an armed person near the middle school and Benson High School.

Gordon told KMTV that Omaha gang officers in an unmarked vehicle observed the suspect walking toward Monroe. They believed him to be armed, moved to stop him, a scuffle ensued and he was taken into custody "very quickly" before he got to the school. After the suspect was taken into custody, police say they confirmed the suspect had a gun.

In a joint email to Monroe Middle School and Benson High School families, the principals of both schools wrote: "Though this happened near our school property, police say the situation was unrelated to our schools and there was no need for a 'hold' or 'secure.'"

This is a developing story.

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