Crime

Police Officer Dies After Being Shot While Attempting To Arrest Assault Suspect

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A Lincoln, Nebraska, police officer died Monday two weeks after he was shot and critically injured while attempting to arrest an assault suspect.

Inspector Luis “Mario” Herrera was shot Aug. 26 while the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force served a warrant for 17-year-old Felipe Vazquez, who was wanted for second-degree assault in connection with a stabbing death in March, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Lancaster Country Sheriff Terry Wagner, whose department is leading the investigation into the shooting, said evidence showed that Vazquez shot Herrera as he and Orion Ross broke out of a window and escaped.

Herrera was hit in the torso and was not wearing a ballistic vest. He was transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries Monday morning.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to pass on devastating news to all of you. At approximately 3:30 this morning, Mario died,” Herrera’s sister-in-law, Melissa Wood, wrote in a post on CaringBridge.

Carrie and his 4 amazing children were able to be with him. I am at a loss for words as we try to process this.”

Herrera was a 23-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department.

Where’s the outrage now?

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