Two Milwaukee Police officers are safe this morning after a suspect armed with a handgun shoots at officers who stopped to question him about suspected drug dealing.
The two officers became suspicious of the suspect’s suspicious behavior when they witnessed him involved in what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug deal in the 1600 block of W. Center Street at about 2:20 a.m. on March 19. One suspect quickly fled when the officers, in uniform in a marked Milwaukee Police squad, stopped to investigate. The second suspect reached to his waistband, produced a semi-automatic handgun, and fired at the officers. Fearing for their safety, one officer fired at the suspect, striking him. The officers then chased the suspect on foot to an alley in the 2700 block of N. 16th where he struggled with the officers before he was taken into custody. The officers were not injured and the suspect’s gun has been recovered. The suspect who immediately fled has not been located.
The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries believed to be non-life threatening. He was conscious when transported, responding with profanities when officers asked for his name. MPD has yet to identify him.
The officer who returned fire is a 26-years-old male assigned to District 5 with 4 years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department. As is protocol, he has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. An outside agency will not investigate this use of force as the suspect’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.