Bond set at $10 million for man accused of shooting Omaha Police officer

(Omaha, NE) -- Bond is set at for a man accused of shooting an Omaha Police officer and leadring law enforcement on a high speed chase last week.

On Monday, a judge set bail for for 21 year old Kenya Jenkins Jr. at $10 million, double what was requested by prosecutors.

Jenkins is facing charges of first-degree assault, use of a firearm to commit a felony and operation of a motor vehicle to avoid being arrested for a felony. If convicted on all charges, Jenkins faces 102 years in jail. With bond set for $10 million, Jenkins would need to put up $1 million in bail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for the morning of April 14th. A public defender will be assigned to Jenkins, who is believed to be from Chicago. Authorities said Monday that they are looking into Illinois records to determine whether a prior criminal history has been reported there.

Jenkins has a previous history of resisting arrests and escape, according to the OPD report on his arrest.

Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck, who was shot in the face and the top of his head after responding to a shoplifting call at the mall, is still recovering in the hospital. He is believed to have long-term nerve damage.

(Photo by WOWT 6 News)

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