Shocking images show a gang member pointing a gun in the face of a police officer before shooting him twice during a routine daytime stop in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bodycam stills show John Ezell Jr., 36, pointing the gun at the officers, then jumping out of the passenger seat and firing at the police on Tuesday, September 11.
The police returned the fire, firing seven times at the suspect, who is now recovering in the hospital.
Bodycam stills show John Ezell Jr., 36, pointing the gun at the officers, then jumping out of the passenger seat and shooting the police on Tuesday, September 11.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the officers were "justified in using lethal force."
Officer Ken Fortune, 42, was injured in the shootings. The bullet pierced the microphone of his tactical vest and hit him on the shoulder.
Despite falling after being shot. Officer Fortune was able to handcuff a second suspect.
The officer, who worked for the force for 11 years, is now recovering in the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.
Ezell was also hospitalized in the shootings, once he is released he will be arrested on two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and two counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.
The well-known gang member was under federal probation for "illegal transportation of a firearm."
The driver of the car, Brandon Richey, 28, will be charged with being an accomplice to a felony and a felony to avoid arrest, police said.
Stunning images show a gang member pointing a gun in the face of a police officer before shooting him twice during a routine daytime stop in Omaha, Nebraska
Richey accelerated when the officers tried to stop them, despite firing the police siren on four different occasions.
Add: & # 39; Richey stopped for the red light on Laurel Street on 30th Street.
& # 39; Officer Ken Fortune, the officer of the front passenger, got out of the police car and tried to place the Stop Sticks under the rear tire in an attempt to prevent the vehicle from moving away again.
"This attempt failed, and the vehicle turned north on 30th Street, stopping approximately two cars on the corner of 30th and Laurel Streets.
Both officer Ken Fortune (left) and gang member John Ezell Jr (right) are recovering at the hospital from their injuries
Officer Fortune took the Stop Stick, ran to the stationary vehicle and placed it under the passenger tire.
"Just as Officer Fortune turned to address the passenger, identified later as John Ezell Jr., the passenger door opened and Ezell pointed a gun at Officer Fortuna while Ezell said," What's going on? "
"Ezell immediately shot Officer Fortune, hitting him on his radio microphone, with the round traveling through the microphone and on his shoulder."
& # 39; Official fortune fell to the ground & # 39;
Another officer fired a 45-caliber Glock, five times at the suspect, and a third officer fired his service weapon, a 9-mm Glock, twice.
The three officers are now on administrative leave.
Omaha Police Officer Todd Schmaderer said: "The footage from the body camera clearly shows the use of lethal force by officers to justify themselves.
"September 11 is a difficult day for the Police and the Omaha Police Department in particular.
"On September 11, 2003, Sergeant Jason Pratt was shot (and died days later) in the line of duty, on September 11, 2018, Officer Ken Fortune was shot in the line of duty, we are fortunate that he seems to be recovering from his wound, as it could have been much worse. "