Nation mourns female officer shot to death one day before maternity leave to care for premature newborn

The city of Omaha is mourning Thursday following the death of a 29-year-old police officer, shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday.

The officer was also a new mother who was scheduled to bring her prematurely-born baby home from the hospital Thursday.

A mere month ago, Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco was all smiles as she described the weight her daughter had gained since birth, according to

“She’s pretty close to 6 lbs!” Orozco wrote on Facebook, underneath photos of her two stepchildren holding baby Olivia Ruth, who was born in February.

Source: Facebook

Orozco was gunned down while attempting to serve a warrant on Marcus Wheeler, 26, who was also killed by returning fire in the shootout.

Orozco, a seven-year veteran of the department, worked in the police force’s gang unit.

The Omaha Police Department changed its Facebook header photo and posted this obituary:

Source: Facebook

A life taken too soon. End of watch May 20, 2015
Officer Kerrie Orozco has been with the Omaha Police Department 7 years and 5 months. She was a Bi-lingual, Spanish interpreter and began working for the Gang Unit in March of 2012 and sadly ended her career in the same Unit.

Officer Orozco is survived by her husband Hector Orozco and two stepchildren, Natalie and Santiago. Officer Orozco had given birth to Olivia Ruth on February 17, 2015. Oliva Ruth was delivered early and was expected to come home from the hospital tomorrow, May 21st… the same day Officer Orozco was going to begin her maternity leave.

Officer Orozco is also survived by her mother Ella Holtz, brothers Elija and Erran Holtz, brother Nolan Nielsen and sister Kelsi Holtz.

Officer Orozco was currently active in coaching baseball and has been coaching since 2009 at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club. She also did many other things at the club including planning pizza parties. She volunteered with Special Olympics and was president of Police Officer Ball to benefit Special Olympics Nebraska. Kerrie was a Girl Scout Leader, participated with Shop with a Cop and assisted with the Latino Police Officers Easter Egg Hunt.

Officer Kerrie Orozco was not only a top notch police officer but she gave back to the community in so many ways. In today’s press conference, Chief Schmaderer stated that the community owes a great deal to such a wonderful person. Her loss will not only impact the police officers but will also be a huge loss for the citizens of Omaha.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican released a statement paying tribute to Officer Orozco. 

“Susanne and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of Officer Orozco. Today’s tragic news is devastating to the law enforcement community and all Nebraskans. We must all ensure that Officer Orozco’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

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