Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales updated the media on Friday, June 8 regarding the fatal crash that killed a Milwaukee Police officer. Please see his statement below.
“Our Milwaukee Police family is suffering. We have lost one of our own, Officer Charles Irvine Jr.
This is a difficult time for the Department and the City as a whole. By the grace of God, we had gone 22 years without an on-duty death. Officer Irvine now joins a list of heroes here in Milwaukee and I ask the residents of this City and this region to never forget his service and sacrifice.
His fellow co-workers at District Four remember him as a dedicated servant with a stellar work ethic who never complained. He was a funny and quiet officer who did great impersonations and would give you the shirt off of his back.
We are grateful that the second officer injured in this crash, Officer Matthew Schulze, has been treated and released from Froedtert Hospital. Please respect his privacy as he mourns the loss of his partner.
I would like to share with you the events of what led to the tragic crash Thursday afternoon on the Northwest Side:
Around 5:00 p.m. on June 7, the officers were on duty with Officer Schulze driving and Officer Irvine the passenger. They saw a reckless vehicle being driven eastbound on W. Silver Spring Drive near N. 91st Street.
This vehicle was a Volkswagen Passat. The officers attempted to stop this vehicle by activating the squad’s lights and sirens. The Passat did not pull over and began to elude officers, at which time a pursuit began. As the Passat approached 76th Street, the squad car lost control and rolled over.
MPD Members located the Passat in the 9400 block of W. Bradley Road. Its driver, a 28-year-old man, was taken into custody. He has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2006 with several drug-related arrests.
Two associates of the suspect, a 45-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were also taken into custody and interviews with all three continue. The case will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for a review of charges.
MPD’s Accident Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the squad crash.
To my brothers and sisters in blue here at MPD: I mourn with you in this difficult and trying time. The Department is here for you. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to and utilize the Police Officer Support Team (POST).
As you know, POST works to provide Department members suffering from emotional and personal difficulties and provides access to support services.
We are also extremely appreciative of the support of the Salvation Army’s Chaplaincy program as they work with officers at District Four. I’d also like to extend thanks to our law enforcement peers and everyday citizens across the county, state, country, and world for their kind messages.
We will get through this tough time together as a family in blue.
Again, we implore that you please give their families the privacy they deserve as they continue to grieve.
I expect to have more information to share with you early next week as we continue our investigation and details are finalized for Officer Irvine’s funeral.”