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OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha's police chief says an officer shot while helping serve an arrest warrant has died, as has the suspect.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday that 29-year-old Officer Kerrie Orozco — who was supposed to begin maternity leave the next day — died at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting.
Schmaderer said the suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, also died at the hospital.
The gunfire erupted while officers were trying to serve a felony arrest warrant on Wheeler. He was wanted on warrant accusing him of previous shooting in Omaha.
Paramedics performed CPR on both the officer and the suspect as they were taken to the hospital.
Schmaderer says Orozco was a seven-year veteran of the department and she worked in the gang unit.
Officer Kerrie Orozco had been with the Omaha Police Department for seven years and five months, officials said on the OPD's Facebook page. She was a bi-lingual, Spanish interpreter and began working for the Gang Unit three years ago.
She is survived by her husband Hector Orozco, two stepchildren, Natalie and Santiago, and one natural born daughter, according to the department.
She had given birth to Olivia Ruth on February 17, 2015. The baby was delivered early and was expected to come home from the hospital on Thursday, May 21 — the same day Officer Orozco was to begin her maternity leave, they said.