RELEASE DATE: March 8th 2006
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office detectives have been working on a case that occurred on February 21 2006 in which a man wielding a handgun with a laser sight confronted the juvenile occupants of a car. This incident occurred near 7400 N 96th street and involved the suspect yelling obscenities and pointing the gun at the victims also ordering them to stay out the neighborhood.
Working on information provided by the victims and witnesses, detectives were able to identify Kirt V. Wortman, age 39 of 7424 N 96th Street as the suspect. A search warrant was subsequently obtained for Wortman’s home and he was arrested without incident at 60th and Sorenson Parkway on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 11:00 AM. Wortman was charged with Terroristic Threats, a Class 4 Felony, and Use of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, a Class 2 Felony.
Wortman has a lengthy criminal history involving disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, willful reckless driving, criminal mischief, driving on a suspended license, felony receiving stolen property, felony child abuse, child pornography, and narcotics offenses. Wortman however, has not been convicted of a felony so he is not being charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
While executing the search warrant, detectives recovered a .45 caliber handgun with ammunition and a stolen shotgun taken in a burglary in Plattsmouth in 2004, as well as the handgun used in this incident, which is a Browning 9mm with an attached laser-aiming device, the gun was loaded at the time.
Additionally Detectives also recovered other items including a pair of handcuffs that are believed to have been stolen on January 22, 2004 from an off-duty deputy’s vehicle that was parked in a storage lot in Irvington. Other items taken in this theft were a .40 caliber handgun and ammunition, however, these items have not been recovered and Wortman is not cooperating with detectives with regard to the thefts.
There have been accounts of gunfire heard in the area of Wortman's home in the past and the Sheriff's Office hopes that this arrest will put an end to this kind of activity. We are seeking the public’s help in determining whether any other incidents of this nature have occurred, either at the Irvington address on north 96th Street or elsewhere, where a gun with laser sights has been pointed at anyone. Please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 4447998 with any information.