Omaha Police identify a man who was fatally shot and killed by officials on Sunday
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha police on Monday released details of the Sunday incident in which officers shot and killed a man near F Street and 41st Avenue.
At 5:36 p.m., OPD officials were dispatched to an ongoing attack on the 4100 block of South 41st Avenue, the OPD report said.
Deven Telford, 34, was in the residence with several people. Telford was upset and began to drink heavily, according to an OPD press release.
Witnesses said Telford made suicide comments, then shaved his beard, changed into military clothing and pulled a gun from his waistband, the press release said. Telford said he would “give in” and shot at least nine times, putting the gun to his temple once and saying he was going to kill himself, according to police reports.
One of the witnesses tried to disarm Telford, who had fired the gun twice.
People in the residence went and called the police.
An OPD negotiator responded to the scene and spoke to Telford, who commented that he was “done”. About 20 minutes into the conversation, Telford stepped out onto a closed porch with a gun, according to the press release.
When police told him to drop the gun, Telford shot several times before leaving the porch, the news release said. Then he stepped off the porch and the officers again instructed him to drop the gun. Telford fired again and five officers fired back and beat him according to the release.
The Omaha Fire Department medics tried to provide assistance, but Telford was pronounced dead at the scene. An unregistered 9mm pistol was found on the ground, the press release said.
The shooting was recorded on cruiser video and body cameras, but due to the officers’ positions, “parts of the encounter could not be seen,” the press release said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
All five officers have been taken on administrative leave pending an investigation by the OPD and the Nebraska State Patrol.
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