OMAHA (KPTM)- A Missouri State trooper shot and killed an Omaha man Monday evening.
Police said Thomas Shroeder was pulled over on Highway 29 in Missouri for speeding. When they tried to arrest him for a DUI, they said he tried walking back to his car to leave, and then threw punches at the officers who tried to stop him. Police said they had to shoot when pepper spray wouldn't work.
However, the family of Thomas Shroeder said none of that matters.
"(He was) Outgoing," said Alex Bridgeford, Shroeder's nephew. "(He) always had a smile on his face; always willing to give, never took anything."
Bridgeford said reality hasn't set in since the loss of his Uncle Thomas Shroeder. He was an ex-marine and a father to one son.
He said Shroeder was on his way to the Super Bowl the night he was killed. "He was always there for us, so now its our time to be there for him."
"We have to train ourselves to protect ourselves," said Missouri State Patrol, Sgt. Sheldon Lyon. "Whether that be from traffic out there on the highway, or from an individual who becomes violent."
"I think he did an outstanding job in a very, very difficult situation," said Lyon.
"So you get pulled over for drinking and driving, and now youre going to get killed, is this what this means now," Bridgeford asked. "No weapons in his car and they still had to shoot him."
Bridgeford said troopers should have done more to stop him before pulling the trigger.
"My uncle was in the wrong. He was drinking. He was driving. He assaulted a police officer yes, and 110 percent responsibility for that. But does that mean he needs to be killed?" said Bridgeford.
Police said stopping the 6-foot 6-inch, 250 pound man was no easy task.
"You killed this man. He will never see his kid again," said Bridgeford. "He will never be able to hug his nieces and nephews again, you took someone away from their family. Though the case is under investigation, police say they're confident the trooper did everything he has been trained to do."
Shroeders family said he served more than 20 years in federal prison. Police say they found several IDs with different names in his car the night he was killed.