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Omaha Cop Shoots Driver Who Plowed Into Crowd At Halloween Family Block Party

Omaha, NE – A reckless driver was shot by Omaha police after barreling through a barricaded area during a bustling neighborhood Halloween block party on Monday night.

Omaha Police Department (OPD) Lieutenant Neal Bonacci said the incident occurred during the Minne Lusa neighborhood’s annual “Halloween on the Boulevard” block party shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, the Associated Press reported.

A large number of children and families were gathered for the popular trick-or-treating event, which was held in a blocked-off section of the neighborhood, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

In the midst of the celebration, a reckless driver suddenly drove through the barricaded area and began pushing through the crowd of people, Lt. Bonacci said.

People yelled at the motorist to stop, but he ignored them.

“He would stop and then drive a little more,” resident Chrissy Lopez told the Omaha World-Herald. “I heard his engine rev and people started screaming, and I thought ‘Oh no.’ And then I heard the gunshots, and everybody just started screaming and running and crying.”

Law enforcement officers and firefighters were already in the area at the time of the incident to help out with the block party, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

One of the officers ended up shooting the driver, and stopped him from hurting or killing any of the thousands of people in attendance, the Associated Press reported.

The suspect was subsequently rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center with serious injuries.

His identity was not immediately released.

“He was accelerating,” Lt. Bonacci said of the suspect, according to CBS News. “We have him on camera accelerating near pedestrians. One of our officers did discharge their weapon and hit the driver. He is in serious condition as of last night. It’s unclear right now if any pedestrians were injured. Unclear if the driver was intoxicated.”

Police later said they do not believe anyone was seriously injured by the suspect, KETV reported.

Lt. Bonacci said the officer who shot the suspect will be interviewed by police on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to CBS News.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, KETV reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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