Six people have been arrested in major Omaha meth bust
During a Saturday afternoon news conference, Police Chief Todd Schaderer provided details into last night's officer involved shooting and arrests.
It all started when police served a warrant near 65th and Wirt streets. Officers arrested Rachel Galvan, Alexander Studer, Jesus Gomez, Danielle Alberto, Armando Gomez and Marcial Corona.
"You have handguns involved, you have money involved,” Chief Schmaderer said. “All of this is intertwined. This is an investigation that carries serious magnitude in the city of Omaha."
The officers found 11 pounds of meth with a street value of a half-million dollars, over $90,000 in cash, three handguns and three bulletproof vests.
Police caught up with two other suspects just after 10 p.m. at the Walgreens near 51th and Center. Detectives tried to box in their vehicle and issued verbal commands to surrender.
Schmaderer says inside was the driver, Jennifer Lovings, and passenger Jason Welch. Lovings began ramming police vehicles. One officer got out of his car for his safety when Welch appeared to move his hand towards the floorboard.
"At this point the officer discharged his duty weapon,” said Chief Schmaderer. “He fired three times as he feared Mr. Welch was armed and reaching for a weapon."
Lovings was able to drive away. The SUV was later found parked near 48th and W streets. “Ms. Lovings was not located, however, officers found Mr. Welch in the front passenger seat. He was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds," Schmaderer said.
Police served a search warrant at Lovings' house and found 1.8 pounds of meth valued at $80,000 along with a stolen handgun.
The officer who fired the shots will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. State law also requires a grand jury to investigate.