- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man whose brother was fatally shot by Omaha police in 2010 was himself shot and killed by police when he pointed a gun at officers, police said in an account of the Thursday night shooting.

A police account said William Adams, 33, was acting erratically and yelled at police that he would not return to prison.

Police said Adams put the barrel of a loaded handgun in his mouth, under his chin and to his head, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1QOm7VQ ) .

Adams was shot when he removed the gun from his mouth and lowered it in the direction of officers, police said.

Adams’ brother, 25-year-old Daniel E. Adams Sr., was shot and killed by police in 2010 when police said he pointed a gun at an officer following a chase. Police suspected the elder Adams of having robbed a man at gunpoint.

In the Thursday incident, police say William Adams had barricaded himself inside an apartment when a vehicle he was suspected of stealing was spotted in south-central Omaha. Officers soon surrounded the apartment building.

When police knocked on the apartment door, a crying woman who lived there answered and told officers Adams was inside with a gun. As officers held the apartment door open, two men and two women walked out on their own or were ordered out by officers, police said.

No one but Adams was inside the apartment when he was shot around 7:15 p.m.

Police say Officer Jordan Brandt fired a rifle at Adams more than once. Adams died at a hospital early Friday. Police did not say how many times he was shot.

State law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person is killed while in custody or in the process of being taken into custody by police.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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