OMAHA, Neb. — A man used a stolen handgun to fire at two vehicles before officers shot and wounded him on the Creighton University campus, Omaha police said.
The 26-year-old man was struck several times early Sunday and was hospitalized at Creighton University Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Niver said Monday that the man remained in serious condition. Online court records don’t show he’s been charged with any crime.
He was shot a little after 6 a.m. Sunday after officers confronted him on the campus. The man had shot at two occupied vehicles a few blocks away, striking one three times and the other twice, but missing the people inside, according to police. As he ran from the scene toward the Creighton campus, he pointed the handgun at a third occupied vehicle but didn’t fire.
When the officers confronted Conley on the campus, police said, he still had the handgun. They warned him to put down the weapon, but he didn’t, police said.
It’s unclear why the officers then fired their rifles. Asked Monday whether the man had aimed his weapon at the officers or anyone else at the scene, police spokeswoman Michael Pecha said he didn’t have that information yet. The .22-caliber handgun recovered from him was reported stolen Jan. 22, police said.
Creighton alerted students and faculty at 6:41 a.m., warning that a shooting had taken place near the Criss complex on campus. The alert was lifted at 7:21 a.m.
The officers who fired at the man were identified as Austin Taylor, a veteran of two years on the force, and Aaron Anderson, a 12-year veteran. Under the department’s policy, both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigations by the officer-involved investigations team and internal affairs unit.