OMAHA, Nebraska -- An Omaha police officer was wounded, a suspect was fatally shot and a woman was dead following a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex on New Year's Eve.
Three police officers responded to 3600 N 24th Street at 10:10 p.m. on Dec. 31 for a domestic disturbance incident involving a black male in his 40s, later identified as Terry Hudson, who was reported to be armed while a gun, according to a news release.
Officers arrived at apartment unit 505 and knocked on the closed door, announcing themselves as 'Omaha Police Officers.' The officers could hear a female inside scream and then repeatedly say in a distressed pleading manner, "No, Terry".
The officers did not receive a response, so they again knocked on the door loudly and announced themselves as 'Omaha Police Officers.' The female's voice could still be heard saying, "No, Terry." Officers kicked open the door after no response from inside the apartment. Gunfire was heard immediately after the officers kicked open the door. The officers announced on the radio that shots were fired and moved away from the doorway.
Moments later, Hudson emerged from the apartment with a gun in his hand, which he had elevated up. Two officers then discharged their duty weapons at Hudson. The officers again informed the dispatcher that shots were fired and requested a squad to respond to their location. Hudson was struck by gunfire and succumbed to his injuries. A short time afterward, a deceased female, later identified as Dana Wells, was found inside the apartment with a gunshot wound.
During the incident, one of the officers received a non-life threatening injury to his left leg from gunfire and was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Detectives interviewed two witnesses who were the initial 911-callers and were in the area before the officers were called for the domestic disturbance. Both witnesses said they saw Hudson with a gun shortly before they called 911. One witness said Hudson and Wells had a verbal and physical altercation when Hudson retrieved a gun from underneath a piece of furniture in the apartment. Another witness heard and saw Hudson and Wells arguing in the hallway, during which Hudson placed Wells into a chokehold. The witness tried to calm Hudson when he pointed the gun at the witness and then at Wells. The witness also heard the officers knocking on the door and heard Hudson yell 'kill me' just before the shooting occurred in the hallway.
All officers involved were wearing body-worn cameras, which were activated and recording footage of the incident. The body-worn footage captured Hudson yelling 'kill me' as he exited the door, corroborating the witness' statement.
Body-worn camera footage depicts Hudson holding a handgun in his hand. A small gun was recovered near Hudson. Four still photos from the body-worn-camera footage are attached. The body worn camera footage was immediately made available to investigators and the Omaha Police Senior Command Staff for a comprehensive review.
The Douglas County Attorney has been briefed. In accordance with an agreement with the Omaha Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska State Patrol Investigators are assisting the Omaha Police Officer-Involved Investigation Team along with the Omaha Police Homicide Unit with this incident.
This investigation is in the early stages at the time of this press release. Updated information will be released once the autopsy, ballistic tests, and officer interviews are completed.
The involved officers have been placed on Administrative Leave, per departmental policy. Forensic firearms examinations will be completed as part of this investigation. The investigation is ongoing and any additional information will be released by the Omaha Police Department Public Information Office.