Omaha woman arrested after husband shot in pickup on I-80 with children inside

Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 12:20 PM CDT
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The woman accused of murder is a resident physician in Omaha.

Kathleen Jourdan is currently being held without bond at the Dawson County Jail.

According to authorities, Jourdan allegedly shot her husband a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 80 near Cozad -- about three-and-a-half hours drive from Omaha.

The couple were in the process of moving to Scottsbluff and were on their way back to Omaha. They got into an argument, according to the Nebraska State Patrol, and Joshua Jourdan pulled over to the side of the road -- when Kathleen allegedly shot and killed him.

Their two sons were in the backseat.

Kathleen is facing second-degree murder for the shooting death of her husband. The 31-year-old resident physician told investigators allegations of past domestic abuse leveled against her husband: sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse.

In court records obtained by 6 News, the couple got into an argument while driving home and called a mutual friend in Georgia to mediate.

Kathleen Jourdan told investigators during the conversation her husband stopped the pickup on the side of the road and gave her a “look” and “raised his arm” as if he was going to strike her.

She said she “pulled the gun out” of the center console of the pickup and shot her husband twice in the chest.

Court records state detectives asked her if she believed the shooting was justified. She told them she did not know what to do but “felt she was protecting herself and her two sons,” in the backseat.

Kathleen’s next court date is July 2. Her children were taken to be interviewed at the Family Advocacy Network in Kearney.

As of Thursday, Kathleen is on administrative leave from the UNMC residency program pending an internal investigation alongside the criminal investigation.

It’s a three-year program. Kathleen did one year in Omaha and was in the process of two years with the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

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