Gunman Was Sought For Previous Shooting: "A Very Dangerous Individual"

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The suspect in Wednesday's shooting death of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco died of his wounds in the shootout with police.

Twenty-six-year-old Marcus Wheeler was the prime suspect in the shooting of Antonio Martin at North 60th Street and Curtis Avenue last September. Martin was shot while taking his daughter to her grandmother's house.

Police say that incident wasn't Wheeler's first encounter with the law. "Mr. Wheeler is a convicted felon and also a known gang member," said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. "Officers also located a semiautomatic handgun with a high-capacity drum magazine near Mr. Wheeler's body."

The Metro Fugitive Task Force was trying to take Wheeler into custody on a warrant connected to the September assault when he opened fire on officers.

"Generally, as a rule of thumb, our Metro Fugitive Task Force is a higher level fugitive unit," said Chief Schmaderer. "They go after the worst of the worst. And Mr. Wheeler did have a warrant for a shooting in the city of Omaha, so that is categorized as he's a very dangerous individual based on that warrant. The warrant issued by a judge."