Update – Officer Involved Shooting, Micah Taylor
On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at approximately 2:15 pm, members of the Omaha Police Gang Unit were conducting a surveillance operation on a controlled drug transaction involving Micah Taylor. The operation included Gang officers, Uniformed Patrol Officer David Staskiewicz, an ATF agent, and ABLE One. Taylor was known to possess firearms and deal marijuana. Taylor also had a felony warrant in Sarpy County for domestic violence assault/strangulation and witness tampering.
ABLE One and Officer Staskiewicz, who was driving a marked OPD cruiser, were staged during the operation. After the drug transaction, officers followed Taylor in his beige Toyota Camry, eastbound on Ames Avenue. As Taylor’s vehicle continued eastbound on Ames Avenue, ABLE One pilots spotted Taylor’s vehicle and utilized their video surveillance equipment.
Taylor drove onto southbound Highway 75, from Ames Avenue. At 2:28 pm, Officer Staskiewicz initiated a traffic stop on Taylor, just north of the Lake Street on ramp. During the traffic stop, Officer Staskiewicz’s cruiser camera recorded audio and video of the traffic stop in its entirety. ABLE One’s video equipment also recorded video of the entire traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, Officer Staskiewicz asked Taylor for his license, registration and insurance. Taylor was verbally non-compliant, but eventually provided Officer Staskiewicz with the requested items. Officer Staskiewicz asked Taylor to step out of the vehicle; however, he did not comply. Seconds later, Officer Staskiewicz opened Taylor’s driver’s side door and grabbed Taylor’s arm while telling him to get out of the vehicle. A struggle ensued, and Officer Staskiewicz, while still holding onto Taylor’s arm, gave Taylor multiple verbal commands to stop. Officer Staskiewicz stepped back and un-holstered his firearm. Taylor drove forward which resulted in Officer Staskiewicz being pulled alongside Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz fired three rounds as he was being dragged and fell to the ground.
Taylor fled southbound on Highway 75. Gang Unit officers, in an unmarked vehicle equipped with emergency lights and sirens, pursued Taylor’s vehicle as ABLE One called out the vehicle’s direction from overhead. Taylor continued south on Highway 75 to just south of L Street, where a uniformed officer deployed stop sticks. The deployment of the stop sticks caused Taylor to lose control of his vehicle, strike the inside concrete median, subsequently spin and come to a rest in the outside shoulder area of Highway 75. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Taylor immediately exited his vehicle with his arms raised and complied with officers as he was taken into custody without any other use of force. Three of the officers who took Taylor into custody had body worn cameras, which were activated at the time of the arrest. Officer Staskiewicz arrived in the area shortly thereafter. Officers contacted 911 and requested two medics, who transported Taylor and Officer Staskiewicz to Nebraska Medical Center (NMC).
Taylor sustained a gunshot wound to his neck and was admitted to NMC where his wound was determined to be non-life threatening. Officer Staskiewicz sustained non-gun related injuries as a result of the struggle with Taylor and being dragged by Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz was treated and released the night of the incident.
As of this writing, eight OPD issued recording devices have been identified (cruiser cameras, ABLE One video and body worn cameras) which were found to have captured various portions of the traffic stop, pursuit, accident and arrest. Chief Schmaderer has authorized the release of three still photographs of the incident.
Today at 11:15 am, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Deputy County Attorney Jim Mastellar, along with Chief Schmaderer and his executive team were given a full briefing of the incident, which included three different video sources (ABLE One, cruiser camera, and body camera) along with other evidence.
"Based on the evidence we can verify at this time, which includes multiple sources of video, Officer Staskiewicz’s use of deadly force was reasonable and justified." - Chief Todd Schmaderer
Upon Taylor’s release from NMC, he will be booked on the Sarpy County warrant, as well as Assault on an Officer, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon (brass knuckles) During the Commission of a Felony.
Officer Dave Staskiewicz is 49-years old and a 19-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. Per departmental policy, Officer Staskiewicz has been placed on Administrative Duty.
The investigation is ongoing with interviews still to be conducted. Anyone who has any other information or who witnessed this incident is urged to contact the Omaha Police Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867), at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app.
Outline of the Incident
• Approximately 2:15 pm, officers observed Taylor sell marijuana during a drug transaction.
• 2:28 pm, Officer Staskiewicz conducted a traffic stop with Taylor at Highway 75 just south of Lake Street.
• 2:29 pm, Officer Staskiewicz is depicted at the driver’s side window and heard telling Taylor this is a traffic stop and asked for his license, registration and insurance.
• 2:30 pm, Officer Staskiewicz opened the driver’s side car door and asked him to step out of the car multiple times; Taylor did not exit the vehicle. Ultimately, Officer Staskiewicz made the statement, “I am not asking you, I am telling you, step out of the car!” Officer Staskiewicz reached into the Taylor’s vehicle to pull him out. As Officer Staskiewicz pulled Taylor’s arm, Officer Staskiewicz was heard saying, “Stop, sir stop, sir stop!” Officer Staskiewicz drew his duty weapon.
• Within seconds, Taylor accelerated which resulted in Officer Staskiewicz being pulled alongside Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz fired his duty weapon three times as he was dragged and fell to the ground.
• Less than two minutes elapsed from the time the traffic stop was initiated and Taylor sped away.
• Taylor was pursued to the area of Highway 75 and L Street, where he crashed and was taken into custody. Taylor along with Officer Staskiewicz was transported to NMC.
Any additional information will be released by the Omaha Police Department Public Information Office.