A suspect armed with a handgun was shot by Milwaukee Police early Thursday morning on Milwaukee’s north side.
Officers from the Neighborhood Task Force responded to the 2400 block of N. 37th Street at about 12:30 a.m. on August 1 after receiving an alert of shots fired from the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. The officers quickly identified a suspect walking near N. 40th and W. Meinecke. The suspect ran from the officers upon seeing the marked Milwaukee Police squad car and a uniformed officer chased the suspect on foot to N. 41st and W. Meinecke, where the armed suspect suddenly turned to the officer with gun in-hand. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired his handgun, striking the suspect.
The suspect is a 22-year-old Milwaukee man with a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2007 for weapon and drug offenses. He was conveyed to a local hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. His handgun was recovered on the scene.
The officer is a 34-year-old male with seven years of service. He was not injured as a result of this incident.
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 officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation.