Detective Kerrie Orozco Omaha Police Department, Nebraska End of Watch: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Detective Kerrie Orozco

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 29
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 20, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Chief Todd Schmaderer
Omaha Police Department
505 South 15th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 444-5867

Detective Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed as she and other members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a warrant on a man wanted for a shooting in September 2014.
The subject opened fire on the officers as they approached a home near the intersection of Read Street and Martin Avenue. Members of the task force returned fire, fatally wounding the man.
Detective Orozco was transported to Creighton University Medical Center where she succumbed to her wounds.
Detective Orozco had served with the Omaha Police Department for seven years. She is survived by her husband, newborn daughter, and two stepchildren.

An Omaha, Neb. police officer was killed in a shooting on Wednesday, the day before she was supposed to bring her 3-month-old baby girl home from the hospital and start her maternity leave.

Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco was killed in the line of duty just hours before she was set to start maternity leave. Omaha Police Department/Facebook

Kerrie Orozco was a member of a fugitive task force on the hunt for Marcus Wheeler, a 26-year-old who had an arrest warrant for his involvement in an earlier shooting, according to the Associated Press. As the task force approached Wheeler, the suspect opened fire on the officers, who fired back. Orozco was then hit by gunfire, and Wheeler was later found behind a neighbor’s house suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both Orozco and Wheeler were then transported to Creighton University Medical Center and received "aggressive care," but neither survived.
Orozco was a seven-year veteran of the department and worked in its gang unit. She was also a new mother to a baby who was born premature three months ago. Orozco was set to bring the child home on Thursday.

Orozco is the first female Omaha officer to be killed in the line of duty, and the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in 10 years. She was active in the community, coaching baseball at an Omaha Boys and Girls Club, serving as a Special Olympics volunteer and a Girl Scout mentor, and took in rescue dogs.

"She was a friend, a popular officer," Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. "I just can’t even imagine that this has happened. The city of Omaha owes her and her family a debt of gratitude."
Besides her daughter, Orozco is survived by her husband Hector and two step children.

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