MPD officer involved in critical incident
The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating a critical incident that occurred on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, on the 600 block of W. Garfield Avenue.
At approximately 10:10 p.m., Milwaukee Police Officers observed a vehicle in the area of 9th and Hadley that was wanted in connection to a shooting incident that occurred in Milwaukee.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the vehicle refused to pull over and led the officers on a brief vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle broke down in the area of 8th and North Ave and the driver fled on foot.
At approximately 10:20 p.m., responding officers were in the area and were able to locate the suspect, who was subsequently arrested on the 600 block of W. Garfield Avenue. While being placed in a squad, the arrestee resisted and a brief struggle ensued. During the struggle, a shot was discharged from one of the arresting officer’s firearm subsequently striking another officer. The officer’s firearm was holstered at the time of the discharge. No one else was injured.
The suspect is a 24-year-old male from Milwaukee. He is currently in custody and a firearm was recovered. This case will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for criminal charges.
The injured officer is a 33-year-old male with 2 years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department. He was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Milwaukee Police Department is investigating this incident.