Federal agents have identified the woman who purchased a firearm that was used in the shooting of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco in May.
Jalita Johnson, 26, lives in Jonesboro, Georgia, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms traced the gun to her. She is accused of buying the gun at a pawn shop in Georgia for her boyfriend Marcus Wheeler. Wheeler died in an exchange of gunfire with Omaha police officers including Officer Orozco.
Johnson was arrested by ATF agents in Georgia and made her first appearance in court Monday.
Officer Orozco was killed as members of the Omaha Metro Fugitive Task Force tried to arrest Wheeler who was wanted for a shooting in 2014. he opened fire on officers before he was shot and killed. Officer Orozco was rushed to a hospital where she died.
In the federal complaint, Johnson allegedly told agents that Wheeler lived out of state and would visit her from time to time. Agents interviewed her on May 22. She said she had not spoken with Wheeler for more than three days. Wheeler was killed on May 20.
Johnson allegedly agreed to purchase a gun and a drum magazine for Wheeler during his last visit. While in the pawn shop, Wheeler sent her several text messages indicating what she should purchase.