A man who held law enforcement authorities at bay over two days in late January when they went to his northwest Omaha house intending to take him to a hospital for a psychological exam died Tuesday, officials said.
Mark L’Heureux, 59, who was married and had a teenage son and daughter, was accused of firing at deputies and shooting dead a police dog in his home near 83rd Street and Keystone Drive during the standoff on Jan. 22 and 23. He eventually surrendered and was charged with attempted second-degree murder and other crimes.
The deputies had intended to serve L’Heureux with a Board of Mental Health warrant.
Tuesday, he was taken from the Douglas County Jail to Nebraska Medical Center, where he was declared dead at 1:15 p.m., the county’s Department of Corrections said.
The cause of L’Heureux’s death was unclear, said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler. A Sheriff’s Office-led investigation was underway, and an autopsy will be performed.
A grand jury will review L’Heureux’s death.
In June, L’Heureux walked to a neighbor’s yard and used shears to cut daylilies that he intended to put in a bouquet to take home with him, the neighbor said.
During the standoff, he at times wore a towel wrapped around his head.
On Jan. 26, a district court judge ordered L’Heureux to submit to a competency evaluation at the Lincoln Regional Center. He refused to leave the jail to attend the hearing.
World-Herald staff writer Todd Cooper contributed to this report.