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This still photo from an Omaha police officer’s body camera shows John Ezell Jr. with his gun. Officer Ken Fortune was shot in the shoulder.

A man accused of shooting an Omaha police officer on Tuesday was drunk, police say.

A drug and alcohol screen completed after John Ezell Jr. was arrested found a blood alcohol level of .333, police said in a release Friday night. No drugs were evident in the results.

Officials said Omaha Police Officer Kenneth Fortune was shot in the shoulder at close range by Ezell, a known gang member, after a traffic stop that began near 26th Street and Laurel Avenue.

Fortune was released from the hospital Thursday.

Officers Jeff Wasmund and Chris Brown, who were with Fortune during the incident, were interviewed Friday by the officer-involved investigations team. They said the traffic stop began after they noticed that the car was parked illegally on the wrong side of the street and too close to a fire hydrant.

ggorenflo@owh.com

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