OMAHA, Nebraska– A female Omaha Nebraska is recovering after being wounded in an exchange of gunfire according to Omaha.com
A 20-year-old man was shot multiple times Monday afternoon during an altercation with police at Dewey Park in which one officer was shot in the lower leg.
Shortly before 12:55 p.m., police were sent to investigate a report of a suspicious person looking into vehicles and checking for open car doors near 1327 Park Ave. About 1:10 p.m., two Omaha police officers in a patrol car arrived in the area of South 33rd and Jackson Streets. The officers saw a person who matched the description of the man who had been at the Park Avenue address, which is about a mile southeast of Dewey Park.
After officers contacted the man, police said, an exchange of gunfire occurred between the officers and the man, 20-year old Monroe G. Evans III. Evans was struck multiple times, police said. Officer Jill Schillerberg, 39, was struck in the left lower leg.
Omaha resident Greg Powell said he was walking east on Turner Boulevard near the park when he saw a female police officer talking to a man. The officer told the man to sit down and get his hands behind his back, Powell said. The man sat down, Powell said, but he didn’t put his hands behind his back. Then, Powell said, the man pulled something out of his jacket or a backpack. The officer then fired at the man six times, Powell said. The man ended up face down on the ground, he said.
Later, Schillerberg, who was on the ground in the park, got onto a stretcher, sitting up, and was moved to a rescue squad.
Both Schillerberg and Evans were taken to Nebraska Medical Center by medics from the Omaha Fire Department. Schillerberg, who has been an officer since December 2000, was treated for the gunshot wound and released. Evans still was being treated for his injuries late Monday afternoon.
Police said Evans was armed with a handgun, which was recovered at the scene.
The officer who was with Schillerberg was Matthew Skradski, 36, who has been with the department for 14 years. The two officers are in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, assigned to the Southeast Precinct.
Police said they have not yet determined whether one or both of the officers fired their handguns. Ballistic testing will be completed to determine if both officers fired, police said.
The “help an officer” call was canceled about five minutes after it went out.
Traffic on Turner Boulevard and other area streets was blocked off during the investigation.
Workers at Star Auto Repair, where the call about the suspicious person originated, said Monday afternoon that they saw a man wearing a black sweatshirt checking cars along Park Avenue as if he were trying to break into them.
Manuel Zuniga, 29, a mechanic, said he confronted the man as he tried to get into the shop owner’s BMW sedan, which was parked on the street. The man claimed the BMW was his.