Omaha, NE – An enraged delivery driver who allegedly pointed a gun at customers after receiving what he believed was an insufficient tip ended up shooting at an Omaha police officer who went to his house to investigate the incident last week.
The series of events leading up to the shooting began earlier in the day on June 22, when 42-year-old food delivery driver James Wilson got into a confrontation with a customer near Corby Street and 73rd Street, KETV reported.
“He was delivering some food for a delivery company and he was upset with the customers because they didn’t give him enough of a tip,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told the news outlet.
Wilson allegedly yelled at the customers and pointed a gun at them during the violent confrontation, KETV reported.
Omaha Police Department (OPD) Officer Tamara Phillips drove over to Wilson’s residence near 60th and Q after hearing about the disturbance and pulled her marked patrol car into his driveway, according to police.
Wilson allegedly began shooting at her as soon as she pulled up, KETV reported.
Kleine said at least one round went through Officer Phillips’ windshield.
The five-year department veteran immediately returned fire, then bailed out of her patrol car and ran behind it for cover, KETV reported.
She ended up shooting Wilson in his legs during the exchange of gunfire.
Investigators said the suspect threw his gun under Officer Phillips’ patrol unit after he ran out of ammunition, at which point the officer immediately ceased firing, KETV reported.
Officer Phillips rendered aid to her attacker after additional officers arrived at the scene, to include putting a tourniquet on his leg.
Wilson was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries, according to WOWT.
Kleine said Officer Phillips’ actions were nothing shy of heroic and that her use of force was justified. KETV reported.
.@OmahaPolice provide additional details in the officer involved shooting that occurred on Friday, June 23rd. Officer Tamara Phillips heard the suspect broadcast and and pulled into the driveway of 6036 Q Street. James Wilson began immediately firing on Officer Phillips. Officer… pic.twitter.com/zHEvGYH4zD
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) June 29, 2023
The officer will not face any charges in connection with the officer-involved shooting, according to the prosecutor.
“It’s on video. It’s unbelievable. I mean, it really is. I mean, that that this happened and that and the way that she handled it,” Kleine told KETV. “She maintained her composure in an unbelievable manner under unbelievable, stressful situation that she was in.”
Officer Phillips’ patrol vehicle sustained multiple bullet holes during the incident.
Her partner, K9 Taz, was not struck by the suspect’s gunfire, KEVT reported.
Wilson, who police said was licensed to carry a concealed firearm at the time of the attack, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony, three counts of terroristic threats, and misdemeanor destruction of property.
Officer Phillips has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, as per protocol, WOWT reported.