Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov on Friday identified a Papillion police officer who shot a man in a narrow hallway last month.
Officer Robert Morrell fired once at Dennis W. Thomas, 25, after he lunged at the officer with a knife, Polikov said. Thomas was hit in his left side. He is being treated at a hospital.
Officer Matthew Elsasser also fired once at Thomas, but the bullet did not strike him, Polikov said.
The police chief placed Morrell, Elsasser and Sgt. Jerry Prazan, a supervisor who did not fire his gun, on administrative leave after the shooting. Polikov concluded the officers did not commit a crime. They will return to work Monday.
Thomas will likely be charged with felony assault on an officer and other crimes, Polikov said.
The incident unfolded May 31 at Thomas' apartment building at 701 Golden Gate Circle.
Police were called there by Thomas, who told a 911 operator that he would harm himself, authorities said.
Police went to Thomas' third-floor apartment about 9:15 a.m. and found him barricaded inside, yelling profanities. He was the only person in the apartment.
The apartment door suddenly swung open, and Thomas entered the hallway holding a knife, police have said.
Morrell struck at Thomas with a baton, which had little effect. Morrell then shot Thomas as the officer was falling back on a flight of stairs, Polikov said.
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