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Girlfriend of Man Shot by Police Says They Went Too Far

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Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- A man who was shot by police on November 28th has not yet talked about it.

For the first time, someone close to him finally is. His family and friends said he still has a long road ahead of him.

His girlfriend, Alexe Anderson says last Wednesday, he was ready to give up, but now he says he's thankful to be alive.

 It was a crime scene that shocked neighbors, and left Alexe Anderson in tears. "The last person I would have thought in my mind would have been him," said Anderson.

 Anderson was shocked after she found out her boyfriend, Oliver Halverson was shot by police. "He just wanted to get shot, that's what he wanted."

Halverson on was wondering around 124th and Burt Streets last Wednesday. Police said he was threatening neighbors with a knife, and had talked about robbing a nearby grocery store.

Anderson had seen him just two hours before. "He was down, completely different than how he normally is."

Standing outside of the hospital, Anderson said, she's just happy he's still around.

Police said they told Halverson multiple times to put down the knife.  They even tasered him. When he was six feet away, that's when he was shot.

"He had a knife, that's all he had," said Anderson. "Now, he's still in the hospital."

Halverson was just moved out of the ICU today. Police haven't said how many times hew as shot, but Anderson said he has four different bullet wounds in his chest and a bullet grazed his arm. "He has a long road of recovery ahead of him," said Anderson.

 A road, Anderson said, her boyfriend is happy to take. "Oliver says-he's still happy to be here."

Halverson can't move his right hand, and has had multiple surgeries. Doctors had to take part of his lung out.

Anderson said, all of that, is better than not having him here.

 Police are still investigating. The officer who shot Halverson is on paid leave.

Anderson said, she's started a campaign to help Halverson with medical bills.

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