Officer shoots driver after plowing car through barricades at Omaha Halloween celebration

Omaha, Nebraska Police said Halloween celebrations turned frenzied when a man shot an Omaha police officer Monday night through a barricaded area.

CBS Omaha affiliate KMTV reported that the man was seriously injured. His name has not been released.

Police said no one else was seriously injured.

The Omaha World-Herald says the shooting took place during the popular annual “Halloween on the Boulevard” block party in Omaha’s Minne Lusa neighborhood. KMTV cited a Facebook post as saying that the organizers expected around 3,000 children to participate.

Omaha Police Lieutenant Neil Bonacchi said children and adults were skimming the neighborhood when a car drove through a blocked area shortly after 7 p.m.

Neighborhood resident Chrissy Lopez told the Omaha World-Herald that the vehicle initially went slowly through the crowd as people shouted for the driver to stop.

“He would stop and then drive a little more,” she said. “I heard his engine rev and people started screaming, and I thought ‘Oh no.’ And then I heard gunshots, and everyone just started screaming and running and crying.”

Police and firefighters were already on the spot for the block party, which is put on by the Miller Park Minne Lusa Neighborhood Association and draws thousands of people to the area every year.

The firing is being investigated.

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