April 6, 2011
Thanking you for coming this afternoon and also thank you for letting us tend to our wounded deputies in this time of crisis.
At about 1130 AM I was notified that a Deputy had been wounded by gunfire, another Deputy had suffered a dog bite and that a suspect had been shot. Deputies had been at the 3rd & Cedar St address to serve a warrant for Violation of Probation of a Receiving Stolen Property Case.
After confirming these sketchy details I notified Douglas County Atty Don Kleine and advised him of the situation, as I knew it at the time, and asked whether he wanted our office to investigate the matter or turn it over to OPD for an independent review. We decided that an independent review would be best and that was the course of action we chose. Omaha Police is handling the incident at 3rd & Cedar Street.
After consulting with Don Kleine, I went to Creighton Medical Center to check on the condition of Deputy Tom Flynn, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the side of his torso. He is in much pain, but thankfully will survive his injuries. Deputy Flynn is 39 years of age and is a 15 ½ yr veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.
I then went to UNMC to check on the condition of Deputy David Heins, who was suffering from dog bites to the arm and leg area. He received numerous stitches and was released this afternoon. Deputy Heins had been bitten by a Sheriff’s Office K-9 while the struggle with the suspect was occurring. Deputy Heins is 37 yrs of age and a 12 yr veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.
All Deputies at the scene have been placed on Paid Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This is standard protocol for our office and nothing else should be interpreted from this action.
The suspect, David C. Cermak is a 37 yr old male with a lengthy Criminal record, which includes previous arrests for Resisting Arrest, Weapons Charges and Narcotics.