A 22-year-old Omaha man was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot by a police officer early Saturday morning. Koko Sessou allegedly tried to hit the off-duty officer with his car.
The incident happened around 1:15 Saturday morning.
Two off-duty Omaha Police officers were working security jobs at Rockbrook Village and they were trying to clear a parking lot across from Eli's Bar.
Police say the officers asked Sessou to leave and he drove out of the parking lot but circled around and returned to the same place.
Investigators say that led to a confrontation between the security guards and the occupants of Sessou's car. The passenger was removed from the vehicle but Sessou reportedly refused to get out of the car.
Police say that Sessou then drove off to the western end of the parking lot, made a U-turn and accelerated in the direction of the officers. Witnesses reportedly told police that the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed, in the wrong lane of traffic and swerved toward one of the officers. One of those officers fired at the vehicle, striking Sessou.
The car continued rolling through the parking lot and came to a stop on 108th Street. Sessou was transported to the hospital in critical condition and he was upgraded to serious condition later Saturday morning.
Sessou was recovering at the Nebraska Medical Center Saturday night.
The off-duty officers involved in the incident were neither injured nor identified.