Officers involved in shooting placed on administrative duty
Four Omaha Police officers have been placed on administrative duty as per department policy while authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting that sent the suspect to the hospital with gunshot injuries Saturday evening.
The officers involved are identified as Officer Anthony White; Officer Jacob Chong; Officer Matthew Stigge and Officer Robert Wiley. The officers were unhurt in the incident.
The suspect, Jacob Osbon, 26, is hospitalized for treatment of gunshot wounds that are not considered to be life-threatening.
Police released a detailed account early Sunday morning of the Saturday evening incident in which three people were injured. Osbon was the only one hit by gunfire.
The episode evolved after police got information about an imminent robbery.
AT 5:52 p.m. Douglas County 911 got a call from an anonymous party who said that two men in a stolen Dodge Durango were armed and planning to rob the GI Forum located near 20th and Q streets at 6 o'clock.
The call was dispatched. Omaha Police officers Jacob Chong and Anthony White responded. Gang Unit officers Mathew Stigge and Robert Wiley arrived to assist.
Police say that within minutes, officers announced over the radio that the suspect was ramming their cruisers and shots were fired by officers on scene. Three parties are transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. One had been hit by gunfire and the other two suffered lesser injuries from flying debris.
Members of the Officer Involved Investigation Team were called to investigate the incident.
All four officers at the scene were wearing body cameras and both cruisers had video cameras that captured the event.
Police offered the following reconstruction of events based on the 911 audio, review of the video footage, and witness statements.
At 6 p.m., officers observed a silver Dodge Durango in the 5200 block of S. 19th Street. It matched the description, including the license plate number supplied by the 911 caller. The location was within blocks of the GI Forum.
The officers pulled into the driveway and all four officers got out. Investigators say the officers can be heard on the recordings giving loud verbal commands to the driver to stop.
In what appeared to be an effort to get away, the suspect driver is heard and seen revving his engine as he backed into the two marked cruisers. The suspect pulled forward and reversed again, hitting the two marked cruisers a second time. The collisions caused significant damage to all three vehicles.
Officer Chong and Officer Stigge fired their duty weapons. The suspect vehicle stopped and the driver and two passengers were handcuffed without further incident.
The officers called for Omaha Fire Department medics who transported all three parties to the hospital for treatment of various injuries.
A hospital guard has been placed on Osbon. When he's released he'll be booked for possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of felony destruction of property, for the damage to the police cruisers.
The two passengers were treated for minor injuries and released. There are currently no charges against those two.
The Durango was found to have been stolen from Omaha earlier in the day (May 19, 2018).
The investigation is in the early stages.
If you have any information, contact Omaha Crime Stoppers are 402 444-STOP.