A Milwaukee Police Officer was shot by a fleeing robbery suspect on Thursday, May 5th. MPD officers were initially sent to the O’Reilly Auto Parts located at 7615 W. Mill Road around 8:30 p.m. for a robbery in progress. Responding officers saw a masked suspect inside of the business. The suspect fled the scene and the officers chased the suspect on foot. As the suspect ran, he fired a gun at the officers striking one officer in his ballistic vest. Officers continued to pursue the suspect on foot. At the end of the foot pursuit, the suspect fired the gun at two other officers. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and the suspect’s handgun was recovered.
The officer who was shot is a 38-year-old man with 14 years experience. He was treated and released from a local hospital for his injuries. The officers who returned fire at the suspect are a 41-year-old man with 10 years experience and a 31-year-old man with six years experience. The suspect is a male whose identity is still being confirmed. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation responded and are investigating. The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative duty as is standard procedure.
UPDATE (5/6/16 at 9:40 a.m.): The Milwaukee Police officer injured in last night’s shooting near N. 76th Street and W. Mill Road has been released from the hospital. The deceased suspect is identified as Burt T. Johnson (B/M, 4/22/1978), a convicted felon. The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation continues its investigation.