Omaha Police Detective Involved in Shooting
Police say man shot was part of Meth bust.
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Omaha, NE- Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says the man a OPD detective shot late Friday night was part of a Meth ring bust.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said undercover officers were serving a search warrant in the 6500 block of Wirt St. Friday night. Police arrested Rachel Galvan, Alexander Studer, Jesus Gomez, Danielle Alberto, Armando Gomez and Marcial Corona for criminal conspiracy and intent to distribute at the address.
Schmaderer says police seized 11 pounds of methamphetamine, over $95,000 in cash, three handguns, and three bullet proof vests.
Schmaderer calls the meth ring "large for any city."
Police say shortly after 10:00pm they found Jennifer Lovings and Jason Welch at the Walgreens at 51st and Center streets. Lovings was driving and Welch was a passenger in an SUV.
When officers went to arrest them, police say Lovings rammed the SUV into unmarked police cruisers. Welch reached down into the console, and police believed he was reaching for a gun.
An undercover officer fired three shots at the suspect, hitting Welch through the car window.
Police say Lovings drove off. They located the car at 48th and W. Lovings was not in the car. Officers found Welch in the car. He had a gunshot wound and was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. He is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Police say they haven't found Lovings. Police continue to search for her, and believe she's in the area. They also seized meth and money from her home when executing a warrant.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates. Police aren't releasing the undercover officers' identity. they're afraid it will put his and other officers lives at risk. Schmaderer says the officer was acting accordingly.
A grand jury will also investigate if Welch dies from the shooting.