Douglas County Deputy's Shot Ends Standoff

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

A standoff in a northwest Omaha neighborhood ended in gunfire Monday morning about 11:30. An armed man who had refused to get out of his car for hours, finally did get out and while standing by the front of the car he threatened a deputy. The deputy shot him.

For several hours Monday morning law officers had a white Chrysler Sebring convertible surrounded at 141st & Franklin as a man, armed with a gun, talked to a police negotiator.

The man is identified as 36-year-old Lance Wetzel.

Investigators say Wetzel had gone to his wife's home early Monday morning and punctured the tires on her car. A broadcast was put out for his arrest.

An Omaha police officer spotted Wetzel's car at 141st & Franklin but the suspect refused to get out of his car.

The scene played out near Ezra Millard Elementary school, which is just southeast of 144th and Blondo.

As a precaution officers made sure that people in nearby homes took measures to stay safe.

At last report Wetzel was reported in critical condition at Creighton University Medical Center.

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