Lincoln Police give update on officer shot in line of duty

LPD officers with guns drawn near 33rd and Vine Streets.
LPD officers with guns drawn near 33rd and Vine Streets.(10/11 NOW)
Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 9:11 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2020 at 3:03 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - An officer shot in Lincoln while serving a warrant on Wednesday continues to fight for his life, according to Lincoln Police.

A tweet by LPD on Thursday morning said, “Our officer continues to fight for his life, we are overwhelmed by the support from our community.”

The officer, who has not been identified, is in critical condition after he was shot while serving a warrant near 33rd and Vine streets on Wednesday.

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said the officer is a 23-year-veteran of the force.

Bliemeister said officers were at a home in the area serving an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Felipe Vazquez in connection to the March homicide of Edward Varejcka. The warrant was for second-degree assault.

Officers said that during the process of serving the warrant, the officer was shot after two suspects broke through the front window of the home and fired. Officers did return fire, but no one else was shot.

Vazquez was arrested by police following the incident, as was Orion J. Ross, 19.

It is still unclear who shot the officer, and a firearm has been recovered, police said.

On Thursday afternoon, both Ross and Vazquez appeared in court via a video monitor.

Ross appeared first and was charged with escape using force or a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $1 million.

He will appear next on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.

Vazquez appeared shortly after from the Youth Detention Center and was charged with second-degree assault in connection to the incident in March, as well as escape using force.

His bond was set at $500,000. The judge said that Vazquez has a “very long” juvenile criminal record.

He will also appear next on Sept. 24.

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