An armed suspect was shot by two Milwaukee Police officers when he refused to drop a semiautomatic handgun early Thursday morning.
The two uniformed officers were investigating a disturbance in the parking lot of a gas station at Sherman and Burleigh shortly before 2 a.m. on June 20 when they heard the sound of shots to the east of their location. The officers moved on foot to investigate and confronted the suspect on the street in the 4200 block of W. Burleigh. The suspect, who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun, refused to comply with the officers verbal demands to drop the gun. Fearing for their safety, the officers discharged their handguns to stop the threat, striking the suspect.
The suspect was conveyed to Froedtert Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Neither officer was injured.
The suspect is identified as Donnell L. Carter (B/M 09-03-1973), who has a lengthy arrest record with the Milwaukee Police Department dating back to 1989. Carter was released from federal custody in 2012 after serving 10 years for a drug trafficking charge and was on federal supervision at the time of this incident.
The officers are a 27-year-old male with 5 years of service and a 31-year-old male with 6 years of service. Both are assigned to District 7.
As is standard operating procedure, the incident is under investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, per procedure, the officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation.