Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann issued the following statement on the death of Omaha Police Department Officer Kerrie Orozco:
We at the Police Foundation are deeply saddened at the news from Omaha that Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot to death while attempting to serve a warrant Wednesday. We offer our deepest condolences to the Omaha Police Department and to Officer Orozco’s family. The death of any law enforcement officer is a tragedy for the community they serve. Already in 2015, 45 officers have lost their lives, including 14 to gunfire, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. We mourn the loss of all of them. Officer Orozco’s death is especially tragic, however. She was a new mother, and was scheduled to go on maternity leave on Thursday because her baby girl had been cleared to go home from the hospital after a premature birth in February. She was also mother to an 8-year-old stepdaughter and a 6-year-old stepson.