OMAHA, Neb. (PIX11) — A new mom and police officer in Nebraska was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, just a day before she was going to begin her maternity leave to spend more time with her 3-month-old daughter.
Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was helping serve an arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon with the police department’s gang unit when she was shot. The 7-year veteran of the department died at a hospital. The suspect — Marcus Wheeler, 26 — also died.
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.
Orozco was a stepmom to two children — a boy and a girl. She gave birth to her daughter, Oliva Ruth, on Feb. 17, her department said.
Baby Olivia arrived early and had been in the hospital since she was born. But she was slated to finally come home on Thursday. Her mother was killed the day before.
Orozco “was not only a top notch police officer but she gave back to the community in so many ways,” the department said in a Facebook post.
She was a baseball coach at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club, volunteered with the Special Olympics, and was a Girl Scout leader, among other community activities, her department said.
Orozco was described by the city’s police chief as “such a wonderful person.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.