Wanted Woman Surrenders to Omaha Police
Jason Welch remains in critical condition
Omaha, NE - An Omaha woman wanted by police after an officer-involved shooting surrendered Sunday; her lawyer says she thought police would shoot her if they found her.
Jennifer Lovings turned herself into police, accompanied by her lawyer, James Martin Davis.
Police say undercover officers surrounded Lovings' car Friday night near 50th and Center, looking for Lovings and Jason Welch; both wanted in connection with a methamphetamine investigation.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Saturday an undercover officer shot Welch, when the officer though he was reaching for a gun inside the car. Police did not find a weapon when they searched the car later.
Police say Lovings, the driver of the car, rammed unmarked police cruisers in the Walgreen's parking lot and sped off. Police found the car but Lovings got away. They found Welch inside the vehicle with critical injuries.
Attorney Davis says, "The forensics will tell who is telling the true story. She says number one, she never rammed anybody, the damage to the cars will determine that. She says they had no firearms, he never reached for any firearm. This was an unjustified shooting."
Lovings told Davis her car was rammed twice, by two different vehicles. She also told Davis she saw the officer shoot Welch three times, including once in the head. He remains in critical condition.
Before the shooting, undercover officers had served a warrant at Lovings' home near 46th and Marcy. Inside, police found almost two pounds of meth and a stolen handgun. Davis says Lovings won't comment on the drug investigation.
She has been booked on numerous charges, including assault on an officer, felony flight to avoid arrest,use of a weapon to commit a felony, and various narcotics charges.