Omaha gunman pleads no contest to 2018 officer-involved shooting

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Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:55 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An Omaha man is headed to trial on amended charges including assault and weapons violation.

John Ezell Jr. remains behind bars on a $3 million bond after waiving his preliminary hearing Wednesday. He is accused of shooting and injuring an Omaha officer.

Police say Ezell shot Officer Ken Fortune during a September 2018 traffic stop. In the amended complaint, instead of attempted murder charges, he now faces attempted assault and assault of a first responder.

Ezell withdrew his not guilty plea on Thursday and pleaded no contest to four felony counts.

Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and with the gun charges, he faces a maximum of 250 years.

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