Remembering Officer Pratt 10-Years Later

The 9/11 anniversary is a national tragedy. In the metro, this date is also remembered as the last time an Omaha Police officer was killed in the line of duty.

"I drove through the intersection (33rd & Corby) this morning," said Omaha Police Lt John Sokolik.

Ten years ago on this date -- a wanted felon ran from a traffic stop. The then-Sgt Sokolik was nearby talking with two of his officers. They provided backup.

The gunman shot 30-year-old Jason Pratt during the search. Pratt died 8-days later.

"He was such a good guy and a good father," said Sokolik. "A stupid, senseless act destroyed a lot of lives that night."

That night -- another officer shot and killed the gunman -- Albert Rucker. He's a 21-year-old with 141 arrests on his record, who was in and out of the prison.

Ten years ago -- Pratt's wife Stacy and many others pushed for reform -- insisting inmates serve all their sentences.

This year -- the case of Nikko Jenkins -- a man who seemingly thumbed his nose at the system and still got out early -- makes many point to a system still broken after Jenkins was arrested for 4 murders days after he got out.

"We've seemed to go the other way," said Sokolik.

Jason "Tye" Pratt is the last Omaha officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Hanging on a wall in the Sokolik home is the charcoal etching of Pratt's name at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. "We make it a point to visit all of the Omaha officers who have fallen in the line of duty. At present, there are 21 engraved on the wall. I'm hoping that's a finite number. It think it's the hope of every police officer that no more names go up on the wall."


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