An Omaha police officer shot a 52-year-old mentally ill woman playing loud music in a garage Thursday night after she pulled two weapons from her purse, police said.
The woman, Paula Moen, was shot in the chest after she threatened Officers Jodi Sautter and Marisa Boyce with a knife and 12-gauge flare gun, a police spokesman said.
Moen was taken to Creighton University Medical Center, where she was in critical but stable condition early this morning, said the spokesman, Officer James Shade. She was expected to survive, he said.
Police on Friday identified Sautter as the officer who fired her service weapon.
Moen was shot outside her 73-year-old mother's home at 4906 N. 103rd Ave. about 8:45 p.m. The neighborhood is southeast of 108th and Fort Streets.
It was not clear whether Moen also lived at the home.
According to an account given Friday by police:
Moen's mother had called authorities, complaining that her daughter refused to turn down her music. Madonna J. Runco told responding officers that her daughter suffered from mental illness and was drunk.
The mother directed the officers down the stairs to the basement and garage.
Sautter and Boyce found Moen in a chair in the garage, her music playing. The officers tried to get her attention and asked her to turn down the music. She refused, reached into her purse, removed a small glass bottle and threw it at officers.
The officers yelled at Moen to remove her hands from the inside of her purse. Moen pulled out a knife and waved it at the officers.
Boyce fired an electroshock gun, knocking Moen to the ground, but only momentarily. Moen got back up still armed with a knife.
At some point, Moen drew a flare gun from her purse, pointed it at Boyce and pulled the back the hammer that fires the gun. (A flare gun is typically used for signaling to aircraft. It can kill if fired at a person.)
Sautter had drawn her service weapon moments earlier and fired once. A wounded Moen fell to the ground and was handcuffed before being transported to the hospital.
Police said charges against Moen are pending. They expect to arrest her on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault on an officer and use of a weapon to commit a felony. She will receive a mental health evaluation, they said.
The two officers are on paid administrative leave, which follows police procedure for officer-involved shootings and the followup investigation.
Moen's mother, who was not injured in the incident, was taken to Central Police Headquarters and left about midnight. A woman accompanying her declined to comment.
Boyce, 30, has been with the department since 2008.
Sautter, 37, has been on the force for a decade. She was involved in the May 2011 arrest of Robert Wagner outside Creighton University Medical Center. Sautter's sister, Jackie Dolinsky, was seen on video hitting and kicking Wagner. Dolinsky was fired but later cleared of wrongdoing and reinstated. Sautter, who was her sister's partner at the time, Tasered Wagner in the parking lot.
In 2003, a paranoid schizophrenic who had committed a carjacking wrestled Sautter's gun away from her. A bystander intervened and tackled the man before he could use the weapon. A judge in 2005 found the man not guilty of assaulting Sautter by reason of insanity.
Thursday's shooting of Moen is being investigated by an officer-involved shooting unit, led by Lt. Ken Kanger, drawn from officers who normally handle a range of assignments. The homicide unit had previously investigated such shootings.
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