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New Details In Officer Involved Shooting

 
New Details In Officer Involved Shooting

Omaha Police say 30 year old Deandre Crittenden was shot near 44th and Ruggles Thursday night.  Police say officers heard gunshots around 8 p.m. near Fontenelle Park and saw an SUV coming from the direction where the shots were fired.

Officers stopped the SUV within a couple of blocks, but the driver got out and ran.   According to a news release from Omaha police, Officer Eric Meads clearly saw Crittenden to be armed with a handgun.  As Crittenden ran to the rear of the house Officer Meads and Officer Paul Hasiak chased after him giving numerous verbal commands to stop.

A video camera in the crusier captured audio of the officers giving the commands.   The recording also includes the officers communicating to each other that Crittenden had a gun in his hands. 

Police say while in the driveway of the house, Crittenden's handgun with a high-capacity extended magazine fell to the ground.  Crittenden then reached down and picked it up and raised it toward the officer.

"Officer Hasiak feared for his safety and discharged his duty weapon, striking Crittenden multiple times," the news release said.

Immediately after the shooting, the officers radioed information that shots had been fired, announced a "help an officer" alert and asked for a rescue squad to be sent.

A .45 caliber handgun that Crittenden had in his possession was recovered at the scene.  Crittenden was rushed to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

Hasiak and Meads have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. 

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