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Man accused of pointing gun at Omaha officer arrested

Man accused of pointing gun at Omaha officer arrested

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A man whom Omaha police accuse of raising a handgun toward an officer who then shot him last month has been booked into jail on suspicion of three felony gun crimes.

Deandre E. Crittenden, 30, had been at Creighton University Medical Center since he was shot at the end of a foot pursuit on Nov. 21.

He was booked Monday on suspicion of using a weapon to commit a felony and possessing a weapon as a prohibited person. (Crittenden was previously convicted of attempted robbery.) The nature of the third crime was not clear.

Crittenden's .45-caliber gun, equipped with a high-capacity extended magazine, was found at the scene of his shooting, police have said.

The officer who shot Crittenden, Paul J. Hasiak, and another officer present, Eric A. Meads, have returned to full duty, a police spokeswoman said. They had been on administrative leave while an investigation was underway.

Meads and Hasiak believed Crittenden may have fired from the driver's seat of a sport utility vehicle near 44th Street and Ruggles Street, police have said. He ran when the officers pulled their cruiser behind the SUV, and the officers followed through yards to 3915 N. 44th St. In a driveway there, Hasiak confronted Crittenden and saw that Crittenden's handgun had fallen to the ground, according to the police account of the encounter.

Hasiak shot Crittenden when he saw him pick up the gun and raise it toward Hasiak, police have said.

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