A Douglas County judge set bail at $500,000 on Tuesday for a 23-year-old man accused of attempting to strike two off-duty Omaha police officers with a pickup truck.
Juan Sarmiento-Reyes of Omaha was charged with two counts of attempted assault on an officer and two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony. He faces up to 50 years in prison on each count.
The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sunday as the officers were working security outside the Tquila Night Club at 3050 L St.
An assistant Douglas County attorney said Tuesday that the officers, “fearing for the lives,” fired their guns at a Ford 150 pickup truck being driven at them by Sarmiento-Reyes.
The names of the officers have not been released. They were placed on paid administrative leave pending criminal and internal-affairs investigations.
The prosecutor said the bar's surveillance cameras picked up suspicious activity in the parking lot. The officers and the bar's security workers saw someone checking whether car doors were locked. The man was being followed by a white pickup.
Fernando Gamon, 24, of Omaha, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft from a motor vehicle. Police said Sarmiento-Reyes then drove at the officers and fled from the scene. He later turned himself in to police.