On Friday, February 15, 2019, at 12:36 p.m., a call was made to 9-1-1 regarding a possible “active shooter” at the Uta Halee Academy located at 10625 Calhoun Road. Multiple agencies responded including the the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Omaha Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, BATF, and FBI. Officers arrived on-scene at 12:44 p.m. and found that the front door to the administrative building had apparently been breached. Officers entered the facility and found one person deceased inside with an apparent gunshot wound; at that time an initial all clear was given. The person was identified as 37-year-old Matthew P. Lesley.
Officers and members of the DCSO Emergency Service Unit conducted a systematic search of remaining buildings on the campus to assure there were no other suspects or casualties. Finding none, DCSO investigators and CSI personnel began the lengthy process of collecting evidence, documenting the scene and conducting witness interviews to gather a clearer picture of what occurred.
It appears that this was not a random act, but was directed at a staff member who was possibly in an estranged relationship; that staff member was not at the facility at the time of the incident. Uta Halee quickly accounted for all students and staff and confirmed all were safe. There are 48 students and approximately 30 staff members on campus.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Douglas County 9-1-1, NSP, OPD, ATF and the FBI for their quick response and assistance as well as the cooperation from Uta Halee.