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Gunman Who Shot Two Officers at Omaha Hospital Dies

September 29, 2010  | 

Two Omaha (Neb.) Police Department officers were injured and the suspected gunman died after a shooting this morning in Creighton University Medical Center's (CUMC) cafeteria.

The officers' injuries were minor, reports KETV, while the suspect, 39-year-old Jeffrey Layten, succumbed to his wounds from the incident this afternoon.

The incident started after authorities arrived at Layten's residence in response to a domestic disturbance call. The gunman fled the home in his vehicle carrying three firearms. Police then received word that Layten had threatened his wife and her mother.

When police attempted to stop the suspect as he was driving his truck near his mother-in-law's home, he fled and led officers on a high-speed chase, which was called off by police. Layten eventually ended up at CUMC where the shooting occurred.

The facility was placed on limited lockdown so the crime scene could be processed. The two officers involved in the incident have not been identified.

The following is a public statement made by CUMC President and CEO Gary Honts:

"The shooting incident at Creighton University Medical Center this morning was extremely unfortunate. We currently have not identified any link between the suspect and our hospital, employees or patients. Thankfully, none of our patients, employees or members of the public were harmed.

"We are extremely grateful to the Omaha Police Department. The OPD did an exceptional job of containing and stabilizing the situation. While two officers were injured during this incident, our physicians and nurses were able to quickly treat and release them. We owe these officers a great deal of gratitude and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

"I would like to personally thank our entire CUMC community for their perseverance and professionalism throughout this very difficult day. Their commitment to each other, our patients and our community are truly awesome."

Read the full story at KETV.com.


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