Omaha police identified in the fatal shooting on Thursday
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha police shared the names and photos of the two officers involved in the traffic obstruction that led to the death of Kenneth Jones on Thursday.
Officer Dan Faulkner is a 29-year-old veteran who joined the Omaha Police Department in 2016. Officer Richard Martier is a 31-year-old veteran who has been with the department since 2016.
A press conference will take place on Monday.
The interviews of the officers involved were closed and their identities were subsequently shared to “maintain the integrity of the interview,” according to a statement from OPD.
In an updated press release, OPD stated that Martier was driving and Faulkner was the passenger officer.
Officers were driving south on 27th Street by the Strafford Square Apartments when they saw a Dodge Charger heading south on 27th Street stopping in the middle of the street. Officials said the vehicle’s hazard lights were not on and watched the vehicle move forward a few meters and stop and then move forward again.
They watched the vehicle for half a block and then initiated a traffic disruption at the intersection of 27th and Harrison Streets. Both officers thought the driver might be impaired but they did not know so a traffic disruption was carried out.
Statements by both officers regarding the stop, verbal commands, and contact with the driver and passengers, including removing Jones from the vehicle, are consistent with what was captured on body camera footage, OPD said.
Both officers described the fight with Jones and their repeated orders. They said the reason Jones was the only occupant removed from the vehicle was because Jones was the only one who didn’t obey instructions to put his hands in the air while hiding his hands, which caused officials to be concerned about their safety.
OPD said interviews are still being conducted and the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
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