Motorcycle Officers Hear Shots Fired While Children Play in Neighborhood

September 5th, 2012 by milwaukeepolice

Motorcycle Officers Jason Kotarak and John Kulmann were conducting follow up on a case on Aug. 23 in the 1300 block of W. Scott St. While talking to a person in the neighborhood,  they heard several shots being fired.

They went towards the direction of the shots and saw a man attempting to stuff a firearm in his waistband. The suspect ran away and discarded two firearms in the process. With help of several alert citizens, officers were able to recover both firearms underneath an auto which was parked on the street. There were several young children playing in the immediate area who luckily weren’t struck by any of the flying bullets. The citizens were able to point out the direction of travel of the suspect and he was taken into custody in the 1300 block of W. Greenfield Ave.

It’s not unusual for officers to be right where these incident are occurring – they are in the neighborhoods, protecting the community and sharing the risks with their constant presence in some of the city’s most challenged areas. Police cannot do it alone, and MPD is grateful for those citizens who welcome the opportunity to get involved to rid their neighborhoods of crime, fear and disorder. Great work!


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