Officer shot at Westroads Mall, suspect in custody

Interview with an eyewitness.

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OPD just tweeted that the injured officer is stable, alert, and awaiting surgery.

OPD confirms that the suspect is in custody following a high-speed chase down I-80, which ended near the Waverly exit.

The Omaha scene appears to have moved closer to Lincoln.

Unconfirmed scanner reports say the Nebraska State Patrol engaged in a high-speed chase with what could be the suspect’s vehicle traveling westbound on I-80, allegedly reaching speeds of 140 mph. The pursuit came to an end near the Waverly exit.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News Reporter Allie Snow is on the scene now. We’ll bring you updates as new details are released.

According to Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, three officers responded to JCPenny on a shoplifting call Friday afternoon. At some point during the call as a struggle ensued, leading one officer to be shot.

The officer has been transported to the University of Nebraska Medicine (UNMC) and is in critical condition.

Multiple shots were fired.

At this time, Schmaderer could only say the suspect appears to be a Black male and is currently at large.

The Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has confirmed that one officer has been shot after responding to a shoplifting call at JCPenny.

The officer has since been taken to UNMC in critical condition.

“Right now we do have a suspect at large,” said Schmaderer.

Just after 4 p.m. Friday, officers with the Omaha Police Department (OPD) could be heard calling for backup at Westroads Mall, 10000 California ST, over the scanners. A large police presence is currently in the area.

Multiple shots had been fired and a taser was used during a confrontation, according to unconfirmed scanner reports.

This is a developing story and we’ll keep you updated as new information is released. 

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