The man shot by police and critically injured nearly two weeks ago has been upgraded to fair condition. Thirty-year-old Deandre Crittenden was shot in a confrontation with police on November 21.
Officer Paul Hasiak fired the shot during the course of pursuing Crittenden.
Police say the incident began as a two-officer cruiser was on patrol in the area of 44th Street and Pratt Street. The two officers heard gunshots being fired nearby.
Shotspotter, the gunfire alert system, detected several rounds of gunfire between 44th Street and 44th Avenue on Pratt Street.
The two officers then noticed a black two-door Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east on Pratt Street. The Tahoe was coming from the direction of the gunfire and the driver’s window was part-way down. Given the wintry conditions, the officers investigated further.
They caught-up to the Tahoe at 44th Street and Ruggles Street. As soon as the Tahoe pulled over to park, police say the lone occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Crittenden, fled on foot.
Officer Eric Meads says Crittenden was armed with a handgun. Meads and Officer Paul Hasiak pursued Crittenden on foot eastbound through the yards along the south side of Ruggles Street to the address of 3915 N. 44th Street.
During the foot chase, police say the officers gave Crittenden numerous loud verbal commands that included, “show me your hands.” Police say a recording of the incident indicates officers communicating to each other, “he’s got a gun in his hand.”
As Crittenden ran to the rear of the residence at 3915 N. 44th Street, both officers cut across the front yard. Meads verbally alerted Officer Hasiak that Crittenden would be coming around the south side of the house.
While in the driveway on the south side of the residence Officer Paul Hasiak, an 8 ½ year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, confronted Crittenden and observed that Crittenden’s handgun had fallen to the ground. Police say the gun was directly in front of Crittenden and within Crittenden’s reach. Officer Hasiak observed Crittenden reach down and pick up the handgun and raise it up toward Officer Hasiak.
Officer Hasiak discharged his duty weapon, striking Crittenden several times.