- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha’s police chief and Douglas County prosecutors said an officer was justified in shooting an unarmed man who reached into his waistband and then simulated bringing a gun to bear on the officer.

Dillon Trejo, 31, was hospitalized Monday after being shot by Officer Brooks Riley, a seven-year veteran of the city’s police department.

The incident began when an armed man robbed a convenience store and then drove about 2 miles away to steal a pickup truck. A subsequent chase ended when the pickup stopped, and the driver - now identified as Trejo - got out to flee.

Police said Riley fired twice after Trejo turned, reached into his waistband and simulated raising a handgun and pointing it at the officer. Investigators later determined Trejo did not have a weapon at that time. The foot chase and the shooting were recorded on Riley’s body camera.

“I know from my standpoint and my family, we don’t blame the officers,” said Trejo’s uncle, Bart Lewis. “It’s putting them in a situation.”

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Tuesday that Riley acted in a reasonable manner.

Lewis and Margaret Graham, Trejo’s ex-girlfriend, later told police they believed Trejo was depressed and on a suicide mission.

When stabilized, Trejo will be discharged from the hospital and booked into the Douglas County Jail on several charges, including suspicion of robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.



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