- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Police Department will discipline two officers who had contact with a man who was later arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting two people and wounding three more at an apartment, the police chief said.

Chief Todd Schmaderer said in a news release Wednesday night that the two officers violated a department policy while checking the welfare of 22-year-old Destacia Straughn on Dec. 6. She and her 2-year-old daughter, Kenacia Amerson-Straughn, were shot to death late that night and three women were injured: Jamie Latner, 18; Larrion Williams, 21; and Kachelle Roby, 22.

The officers had contact earlier that evening with Dontevous Loyd, 23, who is now charged with two counts of murder and other crimes. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press, seeking comment on Loyd’s behalf.

An internal police investigation was prompted by concerns about how the officers handled the initial call to Straughn’s apartment. The investigation uncovered the policy violation, Schmaderer said, so the officers will be disciplined and receive remedial training. He didn’t name the officers or specify which policy the officers violated.

The officers were sent to the apartment that evening to check on Straughn’s well-being. They found Straughn and Loyd, whom she had dated off and on. Investigators have said they think Loyd was angry at Straughn because she’d told police that he’d taken her car without permission.

The officers removed Loyd from Straughn’s apartment, Schmaderer said, but didn’t arrest him because they didn’t think they had sufficient cause. A relative of one of the shooting victims reported that Straughn begged the officers to jail him because she feared he would return and harm her.

“Based on the investigation there was no indication the officers acted in poor faith and there was no way the officers could have predicted Mr. Loyd’s ultimate behavior when he returned approximately four hours later,” the chief said.

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