UPDATE: Police Confirm Stabbing Suspect Walked
Omaha, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha police confirmed a man suspected of stabbing his father and sister walked out of a mental health facility early Sunday morning, just hours before a police officer shot him. Here's the release from the Omaha Police Department:
The Omaha Police Department Officer Involved Investigative Team Detectives continue to follow up on the events surrounding the officer involved shooting of suspect, Dale Hickman, at 416 Walnut on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Detectives learned that on Saturday, Uniform Patrol Officers were dispatched to 416 Walnut Street in response to four 911 calls. The last of these calls, was a disturbance call which was received just before 10:00 p.m. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located Mr. Hickman outside his residence with a bow and arrow. Mr. Hickman was also challenging officers to shoot him. The officers were able to convince Mr. Hickman to put down the weapon. The officers then transported him to Alegent Creighton Health to be placed in Emergency Protective Custody because Mr. Hickman was displaying signs of mental illness and making suicidal threats. Officers left Mr. Hickman with Alegent Creighton Health medical personnel just before midnight.
On Sunday, at approximately 4:30 a.m., 911 received a call from Alegent Creighton Health that Mr. Hickman had walked out of the Emergency Department. Uniform Patrol officers from Northeast Precinct were dispatched at approximately 4:40 a.m. to locate an EPC patient who had left Alegent Creighton Health headed westbound. Officers searched the area around Alegent Creighton and the downtown area in attempts to locate Mr. Hickman. However, officers were unable to locate Mr. Hickman. Just after 6:30 a.m., 911 received another disturbance call to 416 Walnut and officers located Mr. Hickman. During the confrontation, Officer Lydon fired one shot, striking Dale Hickman in the chest.
Detectives have been unable to complete interviews with Mr. Hickman or his father. Therefore, no additional information is being released at this time.