Pursuit of wanted man ends on the roof of an Omaha home

(Omaha, NE) -- The Omaha Police and Fire Departments teamed up on Monday to help catch a wanted man.

OPD says the wanted man, 44 year old John Mays, is a prison walk-away with an active felony warrant for domestic violence. Police say officers pursued Mays to a home near 35th and Howard streets, where OPD and the Omaha Fugitive Task Force surrounded the house and called the suspect out. Investigators say instead of surrendering, Mays instead headed for the roof.

“A canine was sent into the house to locate him. The suspect responded by breaking out of an attic window in attempting to escape,” OPD Sgt. Aaron Hanson told WOWT 6 News. “He kept himself on the roof for a period of time, refusing to submit or surrender. OFD arrived and assisted us with the ladder truck. We safely took him into custody.”

Police said Mays suffered “secondary injuries” while breaking out the glass window.

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