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Suspect in critical condition from Omaha cop shooting

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By: KLKN Newsroom

A suspect is in extremely critical condition after an Omaha officer shot him multiple times.

Police said the man is involved in a meth ring.

An Omaha undercover detective shot Jason Welch, 34, on Friday at a Walgreens.

Police said Welch was the passenger in a car that began ramming into a detective's car.

Officers said they yelled for the driver to stop and saw Welch reach towards the floor board.

Police thought he was grabbing a gun.

"He fired three times as he feared Mr. Welch was armed and reaching for a weapon," Todd Schmaderer, Omaha Police Chief, said.

The SUV sped off. Since it was part of a drug investigation, it was under GPS surveillance and police found it early Saturday morning. 

Welch was inside suffering from a gun shot wound. He is at the Nebraska Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates.

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