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Omaha Police, responding to a 911 call Thursday night, shot a man and he later died. Police say the man fired a shot before they returned fire.

The initial call to 911 was a hang-up about 8:20 p.m. Thursday night. Police responded to the call at an apartment near 29th and Pacific street.

Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren identified the dead man as 26-year-old Mateo Andres-Nicholas.

Warren said Officer Charles Casey Jr. arrived and was told by three young children that their mother's boyfriend was inside the apartment and was threatening to kill her.

When Sgt. John Swanson arrived minutes later, he commanded 26-year-old Mateo Andres-Nicholas in Spanish and English to drop his weapon, Warren said.

As the children's mother, Blanca Francisco, ran for the door, Andres-Nicholas fired his weapon, shattering the glass in the door near where the officers were standing on the porch, Warren said.

Swanson then fired at Andres-Nicholas, hitting him in the chest, Warren said.

The man died at Creighton University Medical Center.

Swanson has been placed on administrative leave.

A grand jury investigation, as required by law, also will be conducted.

Swanson's Second Shooting Incident
This is the second fatal shooting involving John Swanson. The first happened in March of 1996 before Swanson's promotion to sergeant.

A group of officers arrived at a house on North 23rd Street to serve a No Knock warrant. The suspect, Donald Hurley, fired two rounds at police from a 44-caliber magnum.

Swanson and a second officer fired back, killing Hurley.

An officer was wounded in the incident.


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