Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

UPDATE: New details released, wounded officer identified in Wednesday shooting

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This afternoon in a media briefing, Lincoln Police said Officer Mario Herrera of the department was shot while serving a warrant at a house, located along the 3200 Block of Vine Street Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Metro Fugitive Task Force and Lincoln Police Gang Unit were in search for 17-year-old Felipe Vazquez, who had active warrants in connection to a homicide in March.

As investigators attempted to make contact with Vazquez, he and 19-year-old Orion Ross broke a window to the house and jumped out of it. Vazquez then fired a .45 caliber handgun at Officer Herrera, who was positioned behind a tree near the window. Officer Cole Jennings, an 11-year Officer, returned fire but did not strike Vazquez.

Following the shooting, both Ross and Vazquez fled the scene. Ross was quickly apprehended on the playground of Hartley Elementary, and Vazquez was taken into custody after breaking into a house near 34th & Q Street.

Officer Herrera was transported by Lincoln Fire & Rescue to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Officer Jennings has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, while an investigation is conducted.

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