Antonio Hattix had an early release from prison but within hours of being paroled, he killed his ex-girlfriend.
The discussion over whether or not to award violent offenders early release was brought up again Monday after a recent shooting left a woman hospitalized.
Friday, July 26th officers arrested and charged Antonio Hattix, 25, with felony assault and gun use by a felon after, they said, he shot his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Tyler, 26, in her left foot.
Hattix was released early from the community corrections facility in Omaha that same day.
According to Nebraska Department of Correctional Services public records, Nebraska’s Parole Board awarded convicted cocaine dealer Antonio Hattix early release from prison.
Hattix has had a history of gun and robbery convictions over the past 10 years.
Authorities were called to 24th and Poppleton Avenue Friday around 10 p.m. They said Tyler told them Hattix shot her in her left foot. Paramedics took her to Nebraska Medical Center with serious injuries.
President of Omaha Police Union, Sgt. John Wells said what made this shooting so upsetting, was that the type of incident happened before.
"But there are certain people that time and time again commit crimes that need to be behind bars because when they’re out in the general public they prove time and time again that they’re going to victimize the public," Wells said.
On September 16, 2012, police shot and killed Jermaine Lucas, 29, when, they said, he reached for a gun he dropped while running from them. Lucas was out on his 11th furlough in a year that weekend.
While both cases were unfortunate, some community members said using them as the face of the early release program was slightly flawed.
"It’s not an exact science," said Thomas Warren, Sr.
Warren, president and chief executive officer of Urban League of Nebraska, said he agreed that early release will help with the overcrowding in prisons, but he noted that he felt society has to prepare for inmate release just as well as correctional facilities.
"We know how much of a challenge it is for an individual with a criminal record to obtain employment," Warren continued. "Just letting them out isn’t going to solve the problem."
Some neighbors near 21st and Poppleton Avenue said they didn’t think it was the system failing public safety.
Kevin Shaffer said it was the people holding the guns, standing behind the triggers.
"I just think they’re making assumptions. It could happen to anyone. It’s just one of the things that happens."