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Omaha suspect that attacked police officers in December appears in court as soon as he was released from hospital

Omaha, Nebraska – The shooting suspect, Justin Michalak, who was shot by the Omaha police once he fired his weapon at them, appeared in court as soon as he was released from hospital Tuesday morning.

According to the Omaha police, Michalak was released from hospital on January 8 and he was immediately taken in custody. Tuesday morning, he had his first court appearance.

In court on Tuesday, Michalak was charged with assault of an officer, attempted assault on an officer, first degree false imprisonment, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The shooting suspect will remain behind bars on a $150,000 bond until his court hearing set to take place on February 14.

According to the incident report, authorities were dispatched at 41st Avenue and I Street on Dec. 23 following a 911 call in regards to a disturbance. The person who called 911 told the dispatch that that his mother was “possessed and controlling him with his mind”.

When officers arrived at the scene, they tried to calm Michalak down, but without success. He had a knife in his hand and he used the knife to cause several self-indicted injuries all over his body as he tried to cut his neck.

At one point, officers tried to arrest him, but the suspect battled the officers and his mother. That’s the moment when one of the officers fired his gun hitting the suspect in the cheek leaving him injured.

He was then transferred to hospital for treatment where he remained until January 8.

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