This photo provided by the Omaha Police Department shows officer Kerrie Orozco.
Omaha Police Department/AP
By Henry Austin/NBC News
May 21, 2015

Omaha cop Kerrie Orozco had put off starting maternity leave until her premature baby girl could come home from the hospital. Just hours before bringing her daughter home and taking the long-awaited leave, Orozco was gunned down on the job by a suspect.

“A life taken too soon,” Omaha Police Department said on their Facebook page, adding that the seven-year veteran of the force was “not only a top notch police officer but she gave back to the community in so many ways.”

The 29-year-old Orozco delivered Olivia Ruth early in February. The baby girl stayed in the hospital for…

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