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Omaha police officer who was wounded during traffic stop returns to duty

October 13, 2018

An Omaha police officer has returned to duty a month after being shot during a traffic stop.

Police said Kenneth Fortune was shot Sept. 11 in the shoulder at close range by John Ezell Jr., 36, a known gang member. Fortune was released from the hospital two days later.

The shooting occurred after a traffic stop that began near 26th Street and Laurel Avenue. After being shot, Fortune got up from the ground and arrested the car’s driver, who had left the car with his hands in the air.

On Wednesday, the Lincoln Police Department tweeted a picture of Fortune with a gift bag and cards that Lincoln officers sent wishing him a speedy recovery. A spokesman for the Omaha Police Department confirmed Thursday that Fortune has returned to active duty.

Ezell was hit multiple times when officers returned fire, police said. He remains in the Nebraska Medical Center under guard with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Officers said they retrieved a .38-caliber revolver that fell within three yards of Ezell. After being released from the hospital, Ezell will be taken to the Douglas County Jail.

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