Suspect Kills Himself In Front Of Officers

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A man shot himself to death in front of police called to investigate a reported domestic disturbance at an Omaha home Friday afternoon.

Officers arriving at the residence near North 66th and Spencer streets just after 5 p.m. found 38-year-old Burdette Becks standing outside with a gun in his hand. He told officers he was going to kill himself. Police tried to get him to put the weapon down, but he shot himself in the head.

Becks had a history of domestic violence and his alleged victim was in the process of obtaining a restraining order.

The Omaha Police Department’s Officer Involved Team is investigating because it is considered to be an "in-custody death." A grand jury will review the case as required by state law anytime someone dies in police custody or while being apprehended.

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