2 more police officers targeted in death of Murdo man

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Omaha's police chief has called for the firing of two more officers involved in the stun gun death of a mentally ill man from Murdo, S.D..

Assistant City Attorney Bernard in den Bosch said Wednesday that Chief Todd Schmaderer recommended the city fire officers Makyla Mead and Jennifer Strudl. The two were the first on the scene of a disturbance call regarding 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels.

Bearheels died June 5 after being shocked by Officer Scotty Payne 12 times with a stun gun and being punched by a fourth officer, Ryan McClarty, while being subdued. The two officers are fighting their firings and criminal charges.

Mead and Strudl are on paid leave awaiting a hearing with the city personnel department. Schmaderer has not specified what Mead and Strudl did wrong.