New mom and Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed recently in a shoot out. She was a member of her police departments gang unit.
She was with a group of officers that were sent out to arrest a suspect and convicted felon on Wednesday. When spotted and approached, the gang member, Marcus Wheeler fired several shots and fled the scene according to Omaha Police. As shots flew back and forth he was struck and so was officer Orozco.
Both were rushed to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center and both Wheeler and Orozco died from the incident.
She was also passionate about helping others in her community. She volunteered with the Special Olympics, led a Girl Scout troop, and took part in “Shop with a Cop,” just to name a few ways out of many that she gave back.
She left behind her husband Hector, her two stepchildren and her newborn daughter.
According to CNN:
Her daughter Olivia Ruth — who’d been born premature months earlier — was set to leave the hospital. Orozco was set to start maternity leave as she welcomed her baby home
“She was a tremendous officer and even better person,” Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. “I just can’t imagine that this has even happened.”
“I believe that the community really, really wants good officers with good hearts,” and “she was one of those officers,” local activist Barbara Robinson told CNN affiliate KETV. “She truly was an asset to our community, and she’s going to be missed.”
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University. A large crowd is expected and additional seating will be provided at the CenturyLink Center with a large-screen video feed.
Visitation for Omaha police officers and close friends will be 2-4 p.m. Monday at the church. Friends and the public can attend 4-6 p.m.