Omaha Police identified a 24-year-old driver who investigators said crashed into a cruiser, fled the scene and then tried running away on foot, leaving the car he was driving to crash into garages in a nearby apartment complex.
Larry Driver was taken into police custody shortly after being caught near the Benson Garden Apartments late Monday night and was booked for felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, leaving the scene of a PD accident and obstructing justice.
Driver, investigators said, was connected with a shooting at 36th and Redman Avenue earlier in the day. Officers responded to the area after Shotspotter detected multiple gunshots.
At 5:22 Monday evening, police were notified that Lamont Slaughter arrived at Alegent-Creighton Medical center, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The 23-year-old said he was stopped at 36th and Jaynes when occupants in a vehicle fired at his vehicle. Slaughter’s injuries were not considered life threatening.
Detectives were able to develop information that Driver’s car was a white Hyundai with no license plates. At 11:19 p.m., Gang Unit officers observed the vehicle near Benson Gardens Boulevard and Maple Street.
Driver and a passenger were in the car when he made an abrupt turn, colliding with a Gang Unit vehicle responding officers said. Initially, he attempted to drive away from the area, but the two jumped out of the car and attempted to flee on foot, leaving the Hyundai to crash into a garage at the apartment complex.
Driver was taken in an ambulance to receive treatment for minor injuries before being put in police custody.
Patricia Harrison lives near the shooting scene at 36th and Redman.
“I was out here doing some yard work. All of a sudden I heard what sounded like a gun. I'm familiar with weapons because I was in the military for 11 years. I knew that it was a gun. So I went into the house. Came back out and there were police all over the area,” said Harrison.
She said the neighborhood has been quiet ever since she moved in six months ago.
"Since I moved in here it's been real quiet," she said. "Nobody bothers anybody. When I hear a gunshot, that's scary. I'm not from this area, so it's very scary for me."