Standoff in Omaha Ends Monday Morning

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A standoff in northwest Omaha lasted several hours until a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy shot the man who refused to leave his car.

Chief Deputy Martin Bilek says the standoff ended around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Bilek says 36-year-old Lance Wetzel was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound afterward.

Bilek says a deputy fired one shot at Wetzel after he pointed his gun at officers. Wetzel also may have fired his gun.

Officers were looking for Wetzel because his wife said he had punctured her tires around 8 a.m. and he was wanted on a warrant for illegal gun possession.

During the standoff, nearby residents were evacuated. Bilek says Wetzel ignored officers’ commands during the standoff and wouldn’t leave his car.