Wounded Officer Leaves Hospital

 Omaha Police Officer Ken Fortune has been released from the hospital after being injured by gunfire on Tuesday afternoon.

His family confirmed to 6 News that Officer Fortune was released from the hospital on Thursday and we're told he is doing, "a lot better."

6 News spoke with his brother, Chet Fortune who is glad to see his brother getting back on his feet. "He's definitely glad to be home and out of the hospital."

He was injured in a confrontation with two suspects near 30th and Laurel Tuesday. "I got a call from my father and he said that my brother had been shot and they were headed to UNMC and he was being sent to the ER,” Chet said. “From that point on, you just don't know how things will go."

One of those suspects, John Ezell Jr., was also shot as police returned gunfire in the confrontation. Prosecutors say Brandon Richey was driving a car that police tried to pull over around 4 p.m. on Tuesday near 30th and Laurel.  Ezell was a passenger in the car.

"It's scary. “It makes you appreciate what cops go through."  It's not the first close call Fortune has had on the force. Chet says last November his squad car was shot at.

"I hate to worry even more, but you know it's something he's passionate about, something he's not going to change,” said Chet Fortune. “He loves the job. He loves what he does."


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