Omaha Police had the suspect’s gun at Wednesday’s news conference along with a real weapon that’s strikingly similar.
Washington had an Airsoft gun. The other gun pictured is a real one, a Taurus PT92.
The point was the similarities. It’s impossible to tell them apart without a very close look.
Police say they weigh the same. The tip of the gun is the same. The recoil is the same when fired.
Police also said witnesses told them the Airsoft sounded like a normal gun.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Washington, the suspect, fired twice.
Without knowing it was an Airsoft gun, the chief said officers had no choice but to return fire.
The chief is not giving a number on how many rounds were fired saying only that it was a lot.