OPD investigating in-custody death

Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-03 16:44:22-04

Omaha Police officials are investigating an in-custody death after a man shot himself in the head at N. 22nd Street on Saturday morning.

According to OPD, at around  6:29 a.m., they were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute in the 5100 block of N. 22nd Street.

Two OPD  officers arrived in the area and observed an adult female and several children standing outside the house on the porch.

Authorities say that a woman and the children appeared to be distressed and were motioning for the officers to come up to the porch.

When one officer reached the porch, he could see an adult male standing in the living room of the house on the main floor.

Officials said  that officer saw the suspect was armed with a handgun and he was pointing the gun at his head.

The suspect was later identified as 34 -year old Nathan T. Smith.

One officer entered the house while the other officer stayed in the doorway to protect the family on the porch.

The Officer who entered the house attempted to communicate with Smith to de-escalate the situation. Smith had his weapon pointed to his head and refused to communicate with the officer.

Smith pulled the trigger once and the gun did not discharge.

Smith retreated farther into the house while manipulating the gun

Officials said Smith put the gun back to his head, and pulled the trigger again, that's when the gun discharged and struck Smith in the head. 

Omaha Fire Department medics were called to the scene and transported Smith to CHI Creighton.

Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital.

OPD officials say that their Investigation team is investigating this incident.

Officials added that the incident is considered an in-custody death because a police officer was present when Smith shot himself.

Per Nebraska law, a Grand Jury will be convened to investigate this incident.