A Milwaukee Police officer shot a masked suspect armed with a handgun while the suspect was in the act of robbing a store in Milwaukee’s Riverwest Neighborhood.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 3:00 p.m. on March 9, officers responded to the call of an armed robbery in progress at the Dollar General store located at 1300 E. Locust Street. Two uniformed officers quickly arrived at the scene and confronted a masked suspect armed with a handgun inside the store. The suspect failed to comply with the officers’ verbal demands to drop the weapon and one officer fired at the armed suspect, striking him. The suspect subsequently shot himself. Officers performed first aid until the arrival of the Milwaukee Fire Department who transported the suspect to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The officer involved is a seven-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department and is assigned to the Fifth District. He is 38-years-old and was not injured during the incident. As is protocol, he will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Pursuant to State law the Wisconsin Department of Justice responded to the scene and will lead the investigation. Further inquiries should be directed to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.