An Omaha man accused of shooting up a west Omaha bar and firing at police officers told authorities he would do it again if he had the chance, a Douglas County prosecutor said Friday.
Dwight L. Rodgers “indicated that if he’s going to shoot, he’s going to shoot to kill,” prosecutor David Wear said during a hearing Friday morning at the Douglas County Correctional Center.
Wear said Rodgers “clearly is a danger to society. By his own words, he would do it again.”
Douglas County Judge Sheryl Lohaus set Rodgers’ bail at $10 million. He’ll have to pay 10 percent, or $1 million, to be released from jail.
Rodgers, 63, is charged with five counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of terroristic threats and seven counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
Wear said Rodgers walked into Parliament Pub, 16939 Wright Plaza in the Shops of Legacy shopping center, on Wednesday and started shooting. The door of Parliament Pub was shattered and several large holes could be seen in the windows of the foyer. Broken glass also was piled on the floor and across the wooden bar before workers cleaned it up.
After shooting up the bar, Wear said, Rodgers fled to Breckenridge Apartments, a complex of three-story buildings southwest of 156th Street and West Center Road. Omaha police and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Rodgers fired shots at the officers before surrendering.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer identified the police officers as Joshua Downs and Jeffrey Vaughn and the deputies as Joseph Martinec Jr., Andrew Woodward and Jason Stehlik. In a statement, Schmaderer thanked the group and said it was through their “professional handling of the incident that lives were not lost. The public can take comfort in knowing law enforcement in the Omaha area is trained, equipped and prepared to address spontaneous acts of violence.”
In court Friday, Wear said Rodgers told authorities that he broke out windows at his apartment to get a clear shot at the responding officers.
On Friday, Rodgers appeared confused before the judge.
“I’m neither guilty nor innocent yet, correct?” he asked. Rodgers said he didn’t understand the charges against him. Lohaus explained them a second time.
Rodgers’ attorney, Patrick Dunn of Omaha, said his client suffers from depression and possibly other mental health problems. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9.