Omaha Police Now Aware Of Who's On Furlough

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Gunfire drew Omaha Police officers to the 30th and Pratt intersection. As the scene played out, police say Jermaine Lucas ignored their commands; he was shot and killed.

“As I digested things and the more we moved on, it became apparent that Mr. Lucas was on the furlough program," Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. "And my instant thought was, we need to check if there's a potential problem here and let us look for a solution.”

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer sat down with Channel Six on Tuesday, explaining what has changed since he reached out to the director of Nebraska Corrections.

“He stepped up to the plate and he came forward with a lot of solutions and he and I worked on solutions," Police Chief Schmaderer said.

Those solutions include, only allowing inmates to take a furlough if they are within a year of parole. Lucas had three more years. And now, police know what inmates will be on furlough in their area.

Police involvement in the furlough program is new and Police Chief Schmaderer doesn't plan on stopping that anytime soon.

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