Wounded Officer Identified, Suspect Booked

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email
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Twenty-nine-year-old Gary Jackson was booked Thursday for attempted murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony after allegedly stabbing an Omaha police officer during an altercation Thursday afternoon.

Friday morning, OPD identified the injured officer as 51-year-old Sophia Jordan, a 14-year veteran of the force.

Police say two officers were approached by an employee of the Cubby’s convenience store/gas station at North 42nd Street and Redman Avenue around 4:15 p.m. and told Jackson was trespassing. He had been banned from Cubby's and was attempting to get gas. Employees refused him service.

Gary Jackson

The officers went to speak to Jackson. As Officer Jordan got out of her cruiser, Jackson attacked her with a knife and his fists. Officer Jordan was knocked to the ground and defended herself by kicking Jackson off of her and knocking him to the ground. Officer Matthew Stigge immediately ordered Jackson to drop his knife. Jackson complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

Officer Jordan suffered two lacerations from the assault and was taken to Creighton Alegent Health Center. She is currently in stable condition. The incident was captured on surveillance video cameras and will be held as evidence. Investigators said a weapon was recovered at the scene.

"Anymore you don't know what to expect,” said William Echtinaw, owner of the nearby 99 Cent Store. “You go from day to day. You don't know what to expect. There's been a lot of crime happening."

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