Update: Deputy Shot, Suspect Dead

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email


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A warrant was being served at 329 Cedar Street near 4th and Cedar north of Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha when shots were fired around 11 a.m.

Thirty-nine-year-old Deputy Tom Flynn (pictured below) was shot in the side. He was conscious and talking. Investigators tell Channel 6 News it was a "through and through," meaning it passed completely through his side and didn't cause serious internal injuries. The bullet nicked a vertebrae.

"Anytime a bullet hits one of your bones - it's a shock to the system and he was in quite a bit of pain," said Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning.

Dunning says he will recover.

Flynn had the suspect in a bear-hug; there was a struggle and gunshots. He's spent most of his 15-years with the department serving warrants. In the past, he's been honored with the Medal of Valor and Deputy of the Year.

Douglas County Deputy David Heins needed stitches from a dog bite. It came from another deputy's dog.

For some reason, the K-9 became confused during the shootout and lashed out at someone on his own team. Heins was treated and released from Nebraska Medical Center.

"I helped escort him from hospital," said Dunning. "He got tore up on the arm pretty good."

Sheriff Dunning said the suspect, 37-year old David Cermak had warrants for a probation violation and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced last year for copper theft.

His lengthy criminal record also includes a year in the state penitentiary and previous weapons charges.

Investigators also knew resisting arrest and assault was in his history along with being a drug user.



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A woman has been renting the home since January. It's not clear if she was there at the time of the shooting. The homeowner believes the altercation/shooting happened in the basement, which may explain why neighbors told Channel 6 News they didn't hear any gunfire.

No schools were placed in lock down with the nearest one a mile away from the shooting scene.

The Sheriff wanted an independent investigation so the Omaha Police Department is reviewing what happened.

Late Wednesday, police released this statement: "Deputy Flynn's family expressed their appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers and support from the Omaha community during this difficult time. They would like everyone to respect their privacy while Tom continues to heal. Their thoughts and prayers are with all families involved in this tragedy."


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