Man injured during officer-involved shooting moved from hospital to jail

Photo: Douglas County Department of Corrections

(Omaha, NE) -- A South Omaha man injured during a December altercation with police is released from the hospital, and taken to jail.

The Omaha Police Department says on Saturday, 37 year old Justin Michalak was released from the hospital and booked into the Douglas County Jail on two counts of assault on an officer, two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony and one count of false imprisonment. Michalak made his first court appearance on Tuesday, where a judge set his bond at $150,000.

Michalak was hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds and a wound from police gunfire after a violent encounter with his mother and officers. Police were called to a disturbance near 41st Avenue and Hillsdale on December 23. OPD said officers were told a caller to 911 claimed that his mother was “possessed and controlling him with his mind”.

During a confrontation with officers Michalak reportedly had a knife, which he had used to cause several self-inflicted injuries including a cut to his neck. Police reported that they ordered Michalak to drop the weapon, but that he refused, a struggle ensued, officers deployed a Taser twice and that an officer fired his weapon when Michalak began attacking his mother. He was wounded in the cheek.

Michalak is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 14th.

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