Omaha police said Friday the two officers placed on paid administrative leave after shooting at a fleeing suspect last Sunday have been cleared to return to duty.
Brian Korth and Scott Richter were off-duty, working security at the Tquila nightclub near South 31st and L streets when they were told around 12:20 a.m. that two men in the parking lot were acting suspiciously.
The officers and bar security staff looked at security cameras and saw a man checking vehicle doors followed by another man driving a pickup. When the officers and staff confronted the men, one was apprehended, but the man in the pickup took off, driving at the officers who opened fire, hitting the truck. One of the officers suffered a minor injury while getting out of the way of the fleeing pickup.
The driver, 23-year-old Juan Sarmiento-Reyes, later turned himself in to police and was arrested for two counts of second-degree attempted assault on an officer and two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony. The man caught outside the bar, 24-year-old Fernando Gamon, was arrested for misdemeanor theft from a motor vehicle.
As per department policy, both officers were placed on leave pending criminal and Internal Affairs investigations.