A 44-year-old Milwaukee woman is safe this morning after a Milwaukee Police officer shoots her estranged husband as he held a knife to her during a domestic violence incident on Milwaukee’s south side.
An outside agency has been contacted to lead the investigation, however preliminary information from the scene indicates that Milwaukee Police were called to a home in the 400 block of E. Plainfield Avenue shortly before midnight on March 5 regarding a wanted suspect threatening his wife with a knife. District Six officers arrived at the home a short time later and forced entry, finding a male suspect armed with a knife in hand, threatening the victim. The officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect who refused to drop the weapon. Fearing that the suspect was going to stab the victim, one officer fired, striking the suspect. Officers attempted life-saving measures, however the suspect died at the scene. The suspect did injure the victim during the incident, but her injuries did not require medical treatment at the scene. The officers were uninjured.
The officer involved is a 27-year-old male with six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department. As is protocol, he has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. The suspect is a 45-year-old male from Milwaukee with an active No Contact Order in place and a history of domestic violence.
Milwaukee Police have contained the scene and, pursuant to State law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation has been contacted and will lead the investigation. All inquiries for further information should be directed to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.