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OPD release details on officer-involved shooting

Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 07, 2016

Omaha Police Department has released new details from Tuesday's officer-involved shooting that occurred  in South Omaha.

 

"At the time of this press release, all interviews have not been completed.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies have retained attorneys.  All five of the Deputies are scheduled for interviews on Thursday, September 8th.  The following account of this incident is based on witness interviews, surveillance video, and physical evidence at the crime scene.  An update to this press release will be done after all of the Deputies are interviewed.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department personnel are fully cooperating with this case.

 

On Tuesday September 6, 2016 Douglas County Sheriff Deputies assigned to the Fugitive Warrants Division attempted to serve a felony warrant on David L. Anderson, 25, for possession of a controlled substance near 22nd & Q Streets.  The Deputies received information that Anderson would be arriving at 5201 South 22nd Street.  Five Deputies arrived at this address prior to Anderson’s arrival and began surveillance.  The Deputies arrived in two unmarked vehicles; one of the vehicles was a blue Ford Explorer.  The second unmarked vehicle was parked away from the immediate scene and was not a part of the altercation.

 

At approximately 3:36 P.M. Anderson arrived in a black 2000 Ford Ranger pickup.  Anderson was driving the Ford Ranger.  An adult female passenger in the Ford Ranger was later identified as Shannon J. Wood, 19, date of birth 1-6-97.  Upon arrival, Anderson backed the Ford Ranger into the driveway at 5201 South 22nd Street, which is on the south side of Q Street between 21st and 22nd Streets.  The driveway exits directly onto Q Street.  While in the driveway, Anderson removed a bicycle from the Ford Ranger.  At 3:39 P.M. the Deputies approached Anderson.  Some of the Deputies approached on foot, while at least one other Deputy pulled up to the driveway in the Ford Explorer.  The Deputy parked the Ford Explorer facing east on the south side of Q Street blocking the driveway.

 

As the Deputies approached, Anderson was seated in the driver’s seat of the Ford Ranger.  Anderson then drove his vehicle north bound out of the driveway and collided with the right front quarter panel of the Ford Explorer.  Anderson then reversed his vehicle south bound in the driveway and collided with the attached garage at 5201 South 22nd Street.  Anderson then drove forward again and collided with the right rear quarter panel of the Ford Explorer.  The duration from the time the Ford Explorer arrived on scene until the second time Anderson’s vehicle collided with the Ford Explorer was 15 seconds.

 

Two of the Deputies discharged their duty handguns, a total of nine, 9mm shell casings were recovered at the scene.  Three of the bullets struck the passenger side of the windshield on Anderson’s vehicle.  While Anderson’s vehicle was in the driveway during the collisions and the gunfire, Wood either got out of the vehicle or she was pulled out of the vehicle by the Deputies.  At 3:39 P.M. one of the Deputies announced on the Sheriff’s radio that shots were fired.  Douglas County 911 immediately dispatched a Help an Officer call to 5201 South 22ndStreet.

 

After Anderson struck the rear quarter panel of the Explorer, he drove his vehicle west bound on Q Street.   A witness who saw the Ford Ranger west bound on Q Street estimated its speed at 50-55 MPH.  Anderson’s vehicle traveled approximately one and a half blocks before it collided with the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan that was parked on the north side of Q Street just west of 23rd Street.  The impact of the collision pushed the Toyota approximately 82 feet to the west.  Both the Toyota and the Ford Ranger came to a stop in front of Gomez Tire and Repair, 2310 Q Street.

 

Responding officers from the Omaha Police Department arrived on scene.  Several citizens directed the officers to the location of the Ford Ranger.  When the officers approached the Ford Ranger, Anderson was unconscious and bleeding from gunshot wounds.  Omaha Fire Department medics arrived on scene and provided medical treatment to Anderson.  Anderson was transported to CHI Creighton with CPR in progress.  Anderson was pronounced deceased at 4:48 P.M. 

 

Ms. Wood was also taken by rescue squad to CHI Creighton for minor injuries.  Wood was not hit by any of the bullets.  Ms. Wood was treated and released from the hospital.  She was released from the Omaha Police Department without any charges at this time.

 

Nine witnesses have been interviewed at this point in the investigation.  Four of the witnesses could see that the Deputies were police officers.  Ms. Wood was interviewed during this investigation.  Ms. Wood said that she was fully aware that the Deputies were police when they approached the car she was in with Anderson.  Ms. Wood also said that she recognized one of the Deputies from previous contact with him.  Four of the witnesses that were interviewed also heard the Deputies giving various loud verbal commands.  The commands heard by these four witnesses included, “Get out of the car”, and “Stop, Police”.

The autopsy has been completed.  Preliminary results from the autopsy show that Anderson sustained at least eight gunshot wounds.  Toxicology reports are pending.

 

No Deputies were injured during this incident.  Part of this incident was captured by a surveillance camera.

 

The Deputies who discharged their weapons are:

37-year-old Michael Jones, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division.

 

33-year-old Scott Kuzminski, a 9-year veteran assigned to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division.

 

Per state law, a Grand Jury will be convened to investigate the actions of the officers.  Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has been briefed up to this point in the investigation.  This investigation is still ongoing.   Any additional information about this incident will be released by the Omaha Police Department Public Information Office."

 
 

At the time of this press release, all interviews have not been completed.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies have retained attorneys.  All five of the Deputies are scheduled for interviews on Thursday, September 8th.  The following account of this incident is based on witness interviews, surveillance video, and physical evidence at the crime scene.  An update to this press release will be done after all of the Deputies are interviewed.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department personnel are fully cooperating with this case.

 

On Tuesday September 6, 2016 Douglas County Sheriff Deputies assigned to the Fugitive Warrants Division attempted to serve a felony warrant on David L. Anderson, 25, for possession of a controlled substance near 22nd & Q Streets.  The Deputies received information that Anderson would be arriving at 5201 South 22nd Street.  Five Deputies arrived at this address prior to Anderson’s arrival and began surveillance.  The Deputies arrived in two unmarked vehicles; one of the vehicles was a blue Ford Explorer.  The second unmarked vehicle was parked away from the immediate scene and was not a part of the altercation.

 

At approximately 3:36 P.M. Anderson arrived in a black 2000 Ford Ranger pickup.  Anderson was driving the Ford Ranger.  An adult female passenger in the Ford Ranger was later identified as Shannon J. Wood, 19, date of birth 1-6-97.  Upon arrival, Anderson backed the Ford Ranger into the driveway at 5201 South 22nd Street, which is on the south side of Q Street between 21st and 22nd Streets.  The driveway exits directly onto Q Street.  While in the driveway, Anderson removed a bicycle from the Ford Ranger.  At 3:39 P.M. the Deputies approached Anderson.  Some of the Deputies approached on foot, while at least one other Deputy pulled up to the driveway in the Ford Explorer.  The Deputy parked the Ford Explorer facing east on the south side of Q Street blocking the driveway.

 

As the Deputies approached, Anderson was seated in the driver’s seat of the Ford Ranger.  Anderson then drove his vehicle north bound out of the driveway and collided with the right front quarter panel of the Ford Explorer.  Anderson then reversed his vehicle south bound in the driveway and collided with the attached garage at 5201 South 22nd Street.  Anderson then drove forward again and collided with the right rear quarter panel of the Ford Explorer.  The duration from the time the Ford Explorer arrived on scene until the second time Anderson’s vehicle collided with the Ford Explorer was 15 seconds.

 

Two of the Deputies discharged their duty handguns, a total of nine, 9mm shell casings were recovered at the scene.  Three of the bullets struck the passenger side of the windshield on Anderson’s vehicle.  While Anderson’s vehicle was in the driveway during the collisions and the gunfire, Wood either got out of the vehicle or she was pulled out of the vehicle by the Deputies.  At 3:39 P.M. one of the Deputies announced on the Sheriff’s radio that shots were fired.  Douglas County 911 immediately dispatched a Help an Officer call to 5201 South 22ndStreet.

 

After Anderson struck the rear quarter panel of the Explorer, he drove his vehicle west bound on Q Street.   A witness who saw the Ford Ranger west bound on Q Street estimated its speed at 50-55 MPH.  Anderson’s vehicle traveled approximately one and a half blocks before it collided with the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan that was parked on the north side of Q Street just west of 23rd Street.  The impact of the collision pushed the Toyota approximately 82 feet to the west.  Both the Toyota and the Ford Ranger came to a stop in front of Gomez Tire and Repair, 2310 Q Street.

 

Responding officers from the Omaha Police Department arrived on scene.  Several citizens directed the officers to the location of the Ford Ranger.  When the officers approached the Ford Ranger, Anderson was unconscious and bleeding from gunshot wounds.  Omaha Fire Department medics arrived on scene and provided medical treatment to Anderson.  Anderson was transported to CHI Creighton with CPR in progress.  Anderson was pronounced deceased at 4:48 P.M. 

 

Ms. Wood was also taken by rescue squad to CHI Creighton for minor injuries.  Wood was not hit by any of the bullets.  Ms. Wood was treated and released from the hospital.  She was released from the Omaha Police Department without any charges at this time.

 

Nine witnesses have been interviewed at this point in the investigation.  Four of the witnesses could see that the Deputies were police officers.  Ms. Wood was interviewed during this investigation.  Ms. Wood said that she was fully aware that the Deputies were police when they approached the car she was in with Anderson.  Ms. Wood also said that she recognized one of the Deputies from previous contact with him.  Four of the witnesses that were interviewed also heard the Deputies giving various loud verbal commands.  The commands heard by these four witnesses included, “Get out of the car”, and “Stop, Police”.

The autopsy has been completed.  Preliminary results from the autopsy show that Anderson sustained at least eight gunshot wounds.  Toxicology reports are pending.

 

No Deputies were injured during this incident.  Part of this incident was captured by a surveillance camera.

 

The Deputies who discharged their weapons are:

37-year-old Michael Jones, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division.

 

33-year-old Scott Kuzminski, a 9-year veteran assigned to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division.

 

Per state law, a Grand Jury will be convened to investigate the actions of the officers.  Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has been briefed up to this point in the investigation.  This investigation is still ongoing.   Any additional information about this incident will be released by the Omaha Police Department Public Information Office."