- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man last month has resigned following a departmental investigation, authorities said Tuesday.

An Internal Affairs investigation into the Feb. 23 shooting of Danny Elrod, 39, is complete and Chief Todd Schmaderer has accepted the resignation of Officer Alvin Lugod, the department said in a news release.

The release did not say whether Lugod had violated any departmental policies or say why he quit. A police spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

A grand jury had cleared Lugod, a six-year veteran, in the shooting of Elrod, who was a suspect in a store robbery. Schmaderer said three days after the shooting that Lugod and another officer arrived within minutes of a 911 call, and witnesses pointed toward Elrod, who was walking away from the store. He refused the officers’ commands to show his hands and get on the ground, Schmaderer said.

Police video showed that Elrod repeatedly told officers, “Shoot me,” and said he had a gun, Schmaderer said. Elrod also repeatedly reached for his waistband, as though he had a weapon, the chief said. Another officer fired a stun gun at Elrod, but it was ineffective.

Schmaderer said the video then shows Elrod turning toward the officer who fired the stun gun, reaching up and grabbing the top of a fence and throwing his right leg up as if to jump over. That’s when Lugod fired three times.

It’s unclear whether investigators concluded that Elrod’s shooting death was “suicide by cop.” He had a lengthy criminal record dating back to the mid-1990s in Ohio, Iowa and Nebraska.

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