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    Published Wednesday August 20, 2008
    Breaking News: Omaha police officer shot, wounded near 42nd Street and Camden Avenue
    BY ANDREW J. NELSON AND TONY FERGUSON
    WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS

    An Omaha police officer who was wounded tonight in a shooting has been taken to Creighton University Medical Center.

    The shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m. near 42nd Street and Camden Avenue. The officer reported over his police radio that he had been shot.

    The shooter reportedly was in custody, according to police radio reports.

    Witnesses reported hearing 15 to 20 gunshots.
    Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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    OMAHA, Neb. -- A veteran Omaha Police officer was upgraded to "stable" condition after being rushed to the hospital in "extremely critical condition" early Thursday from gunshot wounds suffered during a traffic stop near 42nd and Camden Avenue.

    The unidentified male officer was shot by a suspect around 10:48 p.m. Wednesday.

    Police say one man was taken into custody after running from the scene of the shooting. It's believed there was only one suspect, and a firearm was recovered.

    Omaha Lieutenant Darci Tierney declined to describe the nature of the officer's injuries, but sources told KETV NewsWatch 7 the officer was wounded in the abdomen and arm, and lost a considerable amount of blood.

    Omaha Police said the wounded officer is a member of the Gang Unit. He, and another OPD officer were making a traffic stop, when a man opened fire as the officers got out of their vehicle.

    One of the two officers returned fire, but the suspect was not wounded.

    The wounded officer was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where his family members, the Mayor, and police officers gathered after the shooting took place.

    Omaha Police blocked several streets near 42nd and Camden as the investigation took place. One resident of the area said police initially would not allow him to leave his home.

    The name of the man in custody was not immediately available from Omaha Police.

    Omaha Police planned to update the public on the investigation and the name of the officer early Thursday morning. Watch for LIVE coverage on KETV.com and KETV NewsWatch 7
    Last edited by nebraska_deputy; 08-21-2008, 01:39 AM.
    Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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    • #3
      Prayers for that officer and his family. As a former Omaha resident, I have the upmost respect for OPD. Great agency.

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      • #4
        Prayers for a full and speedy recovery. I guess Omaha is getting a lot worse than when I lived there back in 91.
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        maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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        • #5
          I just got called by one of the officers assigned to the perimeter at the hospital. He says the officer is out of surgery and is in stable condition. The thoughts and prayers from all of the officers in our county are with him and his family.
          Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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          • #6
            Our hearts and paryers to hiim and his family.

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            • #7
              My family and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Ofc. Latschar, his partner, and their families. Godspeed on a full recovery.
              Last edited by Russrad25; 08-21-2008, 05:15 PM. Reason: multiple revisions due to sleep deprivation
              Whatever hits the fan, will not be evenly distributed.
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              ~Thomas Jefferson

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              • #8
                An Update


                Wounded police officer was five minutes from death
                BY LYNN SAFRANEK AND JUDITH NYGREN
                WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS

                It was almost too late for Omaha Police Officer Paul Latschar.

                "We had a five-minute window to save his life," said Dr. Robert Fitzgibbons Jr., one of the surgeons who operated on the wounded officer at Creighton University Medical Center.

                Latschar, who had been shot after a Wednesday night traffic stop, had lost a huge amount of blood, and, at a point during surgery, had no blood pressure and no pulse.

                But he did have brain activity, Fitzgibbons said.

                After four hours of surgery - and 20 units of blood, twice a perÂ*son’s blood volume - doctors are hopeful he will recover.

                Latschar remained in critical but stable condiÂ*tion Thursday afternoon. Hospital officials said Latschar woke up responsive and later was taken off life support and was able to speak with his family and doctors.

                Barring any infections or complications, Fitzgibbons said, Latschar should have a full recovery.

                "We're anticipating that he’ll come around," said Fitzgibbons.

                Latschar, 35, and fellow gang unit Officer Jerry Swanson were leaving the scene of a shooting Wednesday night when they recognized a man in a car who shouldn't have been driving.

                They knew the man had a suspended driver's license. They also knew he was a gang member.

                What they couldn't know was how Corey T. Allen would respond after they pulled over his car at 42nd Street and Camden Avenue.

                Allen, 30, is accused of opening fire on the officers, shooting Latschar three times - once in his bulletproof vest, once in the abdomen and once in the left arm - and nearly killing him.

                Latschar was rushed to Creighton. He underwent surgery, and his condition stabilized this morning.

                Latschar and Swanson responded to a shooting at 9:37 p.m. at 4389 Laurel Ave. Ladell Walton Jr., 27, was shot on his porch by one of five people in a dirty-gray, four-door car, police said. Walton's injuries were not life-threatening, they said.

                The officers went on "hot spot" patrol - what officers call the special attention they give to high-crime areas - in their unmarked black Dodge Intrepid after finishing work on the shooting, Police Chief Eric Buske said at a morning press conference.

                At 10:47 p.m., Latschar and Swanson recognized Allen driving a white Cadillac near 42nd Street and Grand Avenue. Knowing he had a suspended license and was a gang member, the officers activated their police car's emergency lights and pulled over his car. Both were wearing "clearly marked" Omaha police attire, Buske said.

                Allen was the only person in the Cadillac.

                As the officers approached Allen's car, Buske said, Allen got out and began firing at them. Both officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests, returned fire. Latschar was struck by Allen's bullets and called for his own rescue squad.

                A citizen tended to Latschar while medics were on their way, Buske said. Meanwhile, Swanson chased Allen and called for other officers to help, Buske said.

                Officers found Allen hiding next to a house's foundation near 42nd and Fort Streets after a chase. Police recovered a gun from the roof of a house at 4224 Fort St.

                Within two minutes of Latschar's call for help, rescuers with Fire Engine 21 were at the scene. But already, Latschar was struggling for life.

                Rescuers began working to control Latschar's bleeding and keep his airway open. By 10:56 p.m., Latschar was in the back of an ambulance and on the way to Creighton.

                Doctors took over at 11:03.

                A bullet that went into Latschar's abdomen damaged a major blood vessel in his leg, causing a life-threatening injury, Fitzgibbons said. The bullet also damaged the small intestine.

                Mayor Mike Fahey and Buske asked that the citizens of Omaha pray for Latschar, an eight-year veteran.

                Allen is a felon with a history of drug and gun crimes, according to police and court records.

                Omaha police arrested Allen on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

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                • #9
                  Just heard on the news that Ofc. Latschar was off life support and able to speak this afternoon!!!!
                  Whatever hits the fan, will not be evenly distributed.
                  Some minds are like concrete...Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                  01 CVPI - Former OKCPD gang unit #0113129
                  http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3037005
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                  My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
                  ~Thomas Jefferson

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                  • #10
                    Heard on the 11pm news that Ofc. Latschar had been talking with family and fellow officers. Was also reminded that Aug. 20th was the same day that Omaha lost another officer. Our continued prayers to the officers involved, and a special prayer to the families of all of the officers lost in the line of duty.
                    Whatever hits the fan, will not be evenly distributed.
                    Some minds are like concrete...Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                    01 CVPI - Former OKCPD gang unit #0113129
                    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3037005
                    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g316/russrad25/6c.jpg http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...4-832889-1.jpg
                    My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
                    ~Thomas Jefferson

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                    • #11
                      Up Date

                      Published Thursday March 12, 2009
                      Convicted shooter changes mind on plea
                      BY ANDREW J. NELSON
                      WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

                      Maybe he was allergic to responsibility.

                      The night before he pleaded no contest this week to two charges of attempted second-degree murder and three other charges in the nearly fatal shooting of an Omaha police officer, Corey T. Allen says he sucked down 20 or so antihistamine tablets. Antihistamines are used to treat the symptoms of allergies and colds.




                      Corey T. AllenBut Allen, 30, wanted "to take his mind off things," off the possibility of "being behind a wall the rest of my life." So, he says, he got high - on Sudafed or something like it.

                      "I got my life on the line," he said. "When I (pleaded) no contest to all them charges . . . I was nowhere near my right state of mind."

                      Because of that, and also because he now says his public defender did an inadequate job, Allen said in a jailhouse interview Wednesday that he wants to withdraw his plea.

                      Allen was convicted and faces up to 220 years in prison in the Aug. 20 shooting. His sentencing has been set for May.

                      Blaming court-appointed attorneys is a common jailhouse tactic. Blaming a plea on antihistamines is not.

                      "He didn't give any indication there was a problem when he was in court," said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.

                      Defendants, before they enter a plea, are asked if they are under the influence of drugs or anything that could affect their ability to comprehend their actions.

                      Allen was a four-time felon on supervised release when he fired a 9 mm pistol at two police gang unit officers who had pulled him over, Paul Latschar and Jerry Swanson. Three rounds hit Latschar; he nearly died but has since recovered.

                      On Monday, Allen pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of gun use and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Aug. 20 incident. In return, prosecutors dropped other charges.

                      Allen paused before pleading. He also paused when asked if he was satisfied with his attorney. But he answered each time.

                      Allen would not explain the change in his satisfaction level with his public defender, Robert Marcuzzo. He said he tried unsuccessfully to reach him Tuesday and Wednesday.

                      "You would think a case like this, a real high-profile case, you would think your public defender would represent you to his fullest capability," Allen said.

                      Attempts by The World-Herald to reach Marcuzzo on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

                      Allen would not talk about the night Latschar was shot but said authorities got the story wrong.

                      But he spoke up when asked about how he was being treated by fellow Douglas County Correctional Center inmates.

                      "A lot of people give me the thumbs up and say, 'You should have knocked him off,'" Allen said. "I don't want no props for that. Here I am facing the rest of my life for some dumb, stupid thing . . . That stuff ain't cool no more."

                      World-Herald staff writers Katie Fretland and Todd Cooper contributed to this report.

                      • Contact the writer: 444-3106, [email protected]
                      Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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