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Officer shot in leg at Omaha housing complex; police say 2 are dead

Officer shot in leg at Omaha housing complex; police say 2 are dead

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Evans Tower shooting

Police at Evans Tower, where an officer and two others were shot Tuesday night.

Two people were killed and a police officer was wounded Tuesday night at Evans Tower.

Deputy Police Chief Scott Gray said two officers were called to the housing complex at 24th and Evans Streets about 10:10 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance.

They went to the fifth floor and encountered an armed man in the hallway.

In the gunfire that ensued, the man was killed and an officer was shot in the leg. The officer was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center and is expected to survive, Gray said.

Police then found a dead woman but said they didn't know how she died. 

Police said the sequence of events is not clear, including who killed the woman. It's also not clear if both officers fired their guns.

"Hopefully by morning, once we've had a chance to interview the officers that were involved in this incident, we can maybe get a better timeline for what happened inside the building," Gray said.

The officers are veterans of the force. No names were released by early Wednesday.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email: nancy.gaarder@owh.com

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