A 31-year-old man fatally shot himself when he was confronted early Friday by an Omaha police officer, a spokesman for the department said.
The officer suspected the man, Robert Willis, of firing shots near 33rd and Ernst Streets and was investigating the gunfire when Willis killed himself, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.
The officer was near 30th Street and Martin Avenue about 1:30 a.m. when he heard multiple shots to the northwest, Shade said. While checking the area, the officer spotted Willis and asked him to stop, Shade said.
Willis did not respond, Shade said, and the officer asked for backup officers to respond.
He "again directed the person to stop," Shade said, and Willis shot himself once with a handgun. The officer did not fire, Shade said.
Willis was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police said they were investigating the incident as an in-custody death. The officer involved, whom Shade did not identify, was placed on paid administrative leave while investigations conducted by the homicide and internal affairs units are under way.