News Release from Council Bluffs Police Department
On Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at approximately 4:40 pm, Council Bluffs police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Grace Street in Council Bluffs regarding a shooting that had taken place. Upon arrival, officers located Russ Atkins, age 59, a Council Bluffs resident lying deceased in the street. Atkins was a former resident of O’Neill.
The investigation stated that there was an incident with a female when Stephen Hahn, of Omaha, attempted to intervene. Hahn produced a handgun during the altercation and fired one shot, which fatally wounded Atkinson. Detectives determined that Hahn personally knew both Atkins and the female. Hahn remained on the scene and was cooperative with detectives during the investigation. Hahn was legally permitted to be in possession of the handgun.
After consulting with Pottawattamie County Matt Wilber it was decided that the facts of this incident will be presented to a Grand Jury to determine whether Hahn will face any criminal charges. It order not to taint the Grand Jury members, no further information will be released by the Council Bluffs Police Department regarding this case.