A robbery suspect armed with a semi-automatic handgun was shot by a Milwaukee Police officer as the suspect fought with the uniformed officer in the back yard of a home in the 5300 block of N. 58th Street.
Officers were saturating the area after two beer delivery drivers were robbed at gunpoint in the 5800 block of W. Villard at 5:30 p.m. on January 29, 2014. At about 5:40 p.m., an officer spotted the suspect walking in the 5300 block of N. 58th Street. The suspect ran when he saw the officer, and the officer pursued him on foot into the back yard of a home in the 5300 block of N. 58th Street.
The officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, but a struggle ensued. During the struggle the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband. The officer, fighting for his life, drew his sidearm and fired at the suspect, striking him. The suspect succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He has not yet been identified.
The handgun used by the suspect has been recovered. It is a semi-automatic Glock pistol that had been reported stolen. Proceeds of the robbery were also recovered on the suspect, as well as a mask worn during the robbery.
The officer is a 12-year veteran of the Milwaukee Department, serving the past 9-years as an officer. He is 30-years-old and assigned to District 7.
As is standard 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 this incident has been placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation.