Gunfire on Dodge Street Tuesday night left a robbery suspect dead and law enforcement sources have told WOWT 6 News the COPS television show audio technician critically wounded has died, hit by bullets fired by police. OPD will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. detailing what happened. WOWT will broadcast it live on air and stream it live on wowt.com.
The World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy’s near 43rd and Dodge Streets.
Officials said it appears the only shots fired came from police.
The robbery suspect apparently had an air gun, a type of BB gun that looks like an actual firearm. He apparently was a prison parolee from Kansas, law enforcement sources said.
The gunfire erupted Tuesday night at the midtown Omaha restaurant. Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said an officer saw a man robbing the restaurant about 9:20 p.m. and called for backup. Police have not said what happened immediately before the shooting began nor whether the suspect was fatally wounded by police gunfire.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in June that allowing “Cops” access to film in Omaha was part of his department’s community policing initiative.
“I am proud of the department and want the professionalism of our officers on display for the city and world to see,” Schmaderer said.