Omaha cops investigate shooting at home of Mayor Jean Stothert after husband was found dead


Omaha police are investigating after the husband of Mayor Jean Stothert, 67, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the home, reports said on Friday.

Dr. Joseph Stothert, 72, was found dead at the family’s home and cops were called at 1:54 p.m. for the shooting. 

The mayor is safe after the incident, KETV reported, and the gunshot wounds appear to have been self-inflicted.

‘The mayor is safe and no foul play is suspected,’ Officer Phil Anson said in an email to WOWT

The husband of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Dr. Joe Stothert, died on Friday from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound

Mayor Jean Stothert, pictured, was not injured in the incident, reports said on Friday

Mayor Jean Stothert, pictured, was not injured in the incident, reports said on Friday

The entrance to the mayor's gated St. Andrew's Pointe neighborhood in southwest Omaha was blocked by an Omaha police cruiser

The entrance to the mayor’s gated St. Andrew’s Pointe neighborhood in southwest Omaha was blocked by an Omaha police cruiser

Officers with the Omaha Police Department  were called to the home at 1:54 p.m. for a shooting

Officers with the Omaha Police Department  were called to the home at 1:54 p.m. for a shooting

Jean Stothert, a Republican, was first elected as mayor in 2013 and is running for her third term

Jean Stothert, a Republican, was first elected as mayor in 2013 and is running for her third term

Jean Stothert, a Republican, was first elected as mayor in 2013 and is running for her third term. 

The Stothert family released a statement mourning the ‘tragic loss,’ obtained by the outlet.

‘It is with great sadness today that we share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends, and our loving community,’ the statement reads.

‘Joe’s dedication and affection for everyone he cared for serve as a bright light of human kindness for all of us to follow. Our family asks for your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them.’

Omaha Police on scene in mayor’s neighborhood

Sources from several fire and law enforcement agencies tell 6 News that the mayor’s husband, Dr. Joe Stothert, was found dead Friday afternoon outside their home. Details developing at WOWT.com.

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Friday, March 5, 2021

The family continued: ‘We also ask for privacy so our family may grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father and grandfather.’

Tributes to the renowned physician have started to pour in, including a statement from Dan Welch – the chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party and a former city council member in Omaha.

‘Deepest condolences to Mayor Stothert and her family. Our prayers are with them,’ Welch said in the statement.

Friends and rivals of the Stothert family tweeted out tributes to the late doctor on Friday

Friends and rivals of the Stothert family tweeted out tributes to the late doctor on Friday

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, said in a statement: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Stothert and her family during this very sad time.’

Omaha City Council President Chris Jerram released a statement about the ‘talented physician’ on behalf of the City Council.

‘Council members learned today about the tragic death of Mayor Jean Stothert’s husband, Joe. Council members extend their deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers to the mayor, her daughter Elizabeth, her son Andrew and their families for their profound loss,’ Jerram wrote.

‘We on the City Council knew Dr. Stothert as a talented physician and trauma surgeon and a leader in the Omaha medical community.’

Jasmine Harris, a candidate for mayor who is running against incumbent Jean Stothert, also released a statement on Twitter. 

The Democrat had once received a pardon from Jean Stothert in 2018 for a misdemeanor criminal charge of assault and battery, KETV reported.

‘It’s with a heavy heart that I extend my condolences to Mayor Jean Stothert after today’s devastating news of the death of her husband, Dr. Joseph Stothert, who was known & respected by many in the healthcare field,’ Harris tweeted.

‘I will be praying for her and her family in this difficult time.’

The family of Dr. Joe Stothert, left, has released a statement praising his 'dedication and affection for everyone he cared for'

The family of Dr. Joe Stothert, left, has released a statement praising his ‘dedication and affection for everyone he cared for’

Dr. Joe Stothert was a board-certified critical care physician and worked on several high-profile trauma cases

Dr. Joe Stothert was a board-certified critical care physician and worked on several high-profile trauma cases

Jean Stothert, left, and her husband Joe were married for 40 years before his death on Friday

Jean Stothert, left, and her husband Joe were married for 40 years before his death on Friday

The entrance to the mayor’s gated St. Andrew’s Pointe neighborhood in southwest Omaha was blocked by an Omaha police cruiser on Friday afternoon, the Omaha World-Herald reported. 

Stothert, a board-certified critical care physician, worked on several high-profile trauma cases at Nebraska Medicine, the outlet reported.

He served as the medical director for the Omaha Fire Department’s paramedic training program for 18 years and was named state medical director for trauma in 2002, the Omaha World-Herald reported.  

Jean Stothert and her husband were married for 40 years, according to the mayor’s website. 

The Stotherts met while working at St. Louis University, where she worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery the Omaha World-Herald reported. 





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