Kerrie Orozco

Kerrie Orozco

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has ordered Omaha flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was fatally shot while serving a warrant Wednesday afternoon.

"This is an appropriate sign of respect for Officer Orozco and her service to our city," the mayor said in a statement.

Stothert plans to return to Omaha on Sunday, two days early, from a trip to Florida, where she planned to celebrate her son's Friday wedding.

The Mayor's Office said she is returning to support the Omaha Police Department and participate in Orozco's funeral services.

Stothert's office said in a press release that the Heartland of America fountain and the lights on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge will be lit blue beginning tonight through Monday in honor of Orozco.

Orozco was a member of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force. The group was attempting to serve a warrant on Marcus D. Wheeler, a suspect in an earlier shooting.

Shots were exchanged as officers tried to serve the warrant Wednesday afternoon, and both Orozco and Wheeler died of their injuries.

Orozco was a new mother and volunteered with mentoring programs.

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