Charges could change in shooting investigation following investigator’s death
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The man accused of shooting and killing Officer Mario Herrera is still behind bars. Seventeen-year-old Felipe Vazquez is currently charged with second degree assault against a police officer, but that could change.
Vazquez currently has a bond set at $1 million for second degree assault, but that could be upped to murder. When Vazquez appeared in court, Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon told the judge Vazquez had a long juvenile criminal history. So it’s expected he will look into getting those charges changed.
Herrera was shot on Aug. 26 trying to serve a search warrant related to a March homicide. Court documents show investigators found Vazquez locked in a room at a house near 33rd and Vine Street.
Officers tried to negotiate for 25 minutes before Vazquez and 19-year-old Orion Ross escaped through a window. Investigators said that’s when Vazquez fired his gun, striking Herrera.
Vazquez is due back in court on Sept. 24. It’s not clear how soon new charges could come.
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