An Omaha man who was shot five times by police last fall wants Douglas County to pay his medical bills.
Police say Oliver Halverson was suicidal and carrying a knife Nov. 28 when his family called 911 asking for help with an involuntary commitment at a home near 124th and Burt Streets.
Halverson was mentally unstable at the time, lawyer Ross Pesek acknowledged, but said the 28-year-old "had not committed any crime."
Officer Doug Johnson used his Taser to try to subdue Halverson, but the stun gun seemed to have little effect on him. When Halverson moved toward Officer Jarvis Duncan, ignoring calls to drop the knife, Duncan shot him, police said.
Halverson was treated at Creighton University Medical Center and booked into Douglas County Correctional Center. The most serious injury was a gunshot wound in his arm, which "had to be cut open down to the bone in a spiral pattern," according to a claim filed against Douglas County.
After Halverson was taken to jail, Pesek wrote, he was denied pain medication stronger than ibuprofen and told his "mind would adjust."
The claim does not specify an amount but asks the county to cover past and future medical bills, pain and suffering and "any other damages recoverable under the law." The claim was referred to the county's risk manager.
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World-Herald staff writer Maggie O'Brien contributed to this report.