Two Papillion police officers fired on an armed man after failing to subdue him with a police baton, Police Chief Leonard Houloose said Friday.
The 25-year-old man, described by police as suicidal, was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in stable condition. He was shot once in the collarbone. Authorities declined to release his name or the names of the officers who fired on him.
Houloose said police had numerous past contacts with the man, including one stemming from a 911 call Thursday night.
The man called 911 at 9:17 a.m. Friday, threatening to harm himself. Relatives also called on his behalf, Houloose said.
“It would appear he was in some kind of crisis,'' said Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov.
Houloose said it was the first officer-involved shooting in Papillion in his more than 20 years with the department.
As is standard policy, a police supervisor and the two officers who fired their weapons were placed on paid administrative leave. One officer is a 12-year veteran, the other a seven-year veteran.
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting, and Houloose said the police department also will conduct an internal investigation.
Houloose gave this account of what happened:
Police went to the man's third-floor apartment at 701 Golden Gate Circle. Officers found the man barricaded inside, yelling profanities. Two people were listed on the apartment lease, but the man was the only one home at the time.
Authorities called a negotiator from the Bellevue Police Department to try to coax the man out.
Later, the apartment door suddenly swung open and the man entered the narrow hallway holding a knife.
Houloose said one officer struck at the man with a baton, to little effect. Then two officers fired at him, he said, striking the man once.
Kara Mikulas, a neighbor who lives across the street, said police have been frequently called to the man's apartment.
“I wasn’t surprised,” she said. “The cops are here all the time.”
World-Herald staff writer Lizzie Johnson contributed to this report.
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