An Omaha police officer is in serious but stable condition following a confrontation with a suspect last night. Officer Tom Arrance, 29, responded to a call about a disturbance at a local BP gas station. According to Omaha PD, Officer Arrance arrived on call at 9:32 p.m. and at 9:35 p.m. a citizen began flagging down Officer Shawn Pearson stating that an officer was down, referring to Arrance.
A ‘help an officer call’ went out at 9:38 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they found Officer Arrance on the ground bleeding from his mouth and nose and was only partially conscious.
The suspect, 31-year-old Chaz Hill, ran from the scene, but was later apprehended at his ex-girlfriend’s house by officers with the Gang Unit.
Chaz Hill is a convicted felon with a long and violent criminal history, including assaults on officers.
In a Facebook post, Omaha PD wrote, “Police work is dangerous. We know that, you know that but each time one of our officers gets seriously injured, it reminds all of us just how quickly a call can turn deadly for our officers. Thankfully this time our officer will survive his injuries.”