Shooting suspect waives preliminary on amended charges

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- John Ezell Jr., accused of shooting and injuring an Omaha Police Officer, is headed to trial on amended charges including assault and weapons violations.

He remains behind bars on $3 million bond after waiving his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The incident happened during a September traffic stop. Police say Ezell shot Officer Ken Fortune and officers then shot Ezell.

Officer Fortune has recovered and is back on the job.

Ezell has recovered and was back in court Wednesday.

In the amended criminal complaint, instead of Attempted Murder charges he now faces Attempted Assault and Assault of a First Responder.

Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison. Add the gun charges and Ezell faces a maximum of 250 years behind bars.