Omaha police release ambulance shooting timeline - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm / Updated at 5:15 am
Omaha police release ambulance shooting timeline

The Omaha Police Department revealed more details today from an investigation into a shooting aboard an Omaha Fire Department ambulance this week that injured a firefighter and the suspected shooter.

Police officials said an "administrative review of the incident" will occur, in addition to the department's ongoing criminal investigation.

"We are still investigating the circumstances of the suspect being in possession of the gun," said Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman. Officers haven't been able to speak to the suspect yet, Tierney said.

According to a timeline released by police today:

*At 2:30 pm (Monday) officers responded to 48th and L Streets regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim of the stolen vehicle told officers that the suspect was inside the Dollar General Store, 4861 L St. The car had originally been reported stolen at 5033 S. 20 th St. and the victim did not know the suspect who was driving it.

*Officers arrived on scene and located a female matching the description of the person driving the stolen vehicle inside the Dollar General Store and arrested her placing her in handcuffs. She was positively identified as the driver of the stolen vehicle. She was searched by an Omaha police officer and was placed in the backseat of a police cruiser.

*While in back of the cruiser, the female suspect (identified by authorities as 24-year-old Justine Dubois) started convulsing and appeared to be non-responsive.

*At 3:12 pm, officers called for a medic unit to respond and uncuffed Dubois due to her apparent medical distress.

*A medic unit arrived and assessed the female suspect. Her vital signs were normal so they asked her if she wanted to be transported to the hospital. She responded that she wanted to be transported and understood that going to the hospital didn't negate the fact that she was under arrest.

*She was placed in the rescue squad without handcuffs as both officers on the scene and paramedics didn't think she was a threat as she was being cooperative.

*While en route to the hospital the female suspect unbuckled herself from the gurney, stood up and pointed a firearm at the paramedic.

*The paramedic yelled “Gun,” getting the attention of the driver, who was the only other person on board the squad.

*At 3:31 p.m. the driver pulled over to the side of the road at 42nd and Center Streets and declared a “Help a Firefighter – shots fired” over the radio and all available Omaha Police Staff responded in an “Emergency Expedite Status.”

*A struggle over the firearm ensued and two shots were fired as the driver was in the process of parking and trying to get to the back of the squad to render assistance.

*At 3:35 p.m. Omaha police officer arrived on scene and at 3:37 p.m. officers declared the situation was secure.

*The paramedic suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen and the female suspect was struck in the leg.

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