University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Press Release

Police shoot man with weapon after altercation on campus

This incident involved only one suspect.

By - Mar 19th, 2019 12:30 pm

MILWAUKEE _ A man with a weapon was shot by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police today following an altercation on campus. He was taken to the hospital, where police report he is stable condition.

According to initial reports of the incident:

Two UWM Police Department officers responded to the Fine Arts Complex at the Peck School of the Arts at 6:48 a.m. Tuesday following a report of a man sleeping in the building.

Officers made contact with the man. A physical altercation took place, during which officers discovered the man had a weapon. Police shot him during the altercation. Officers immediately administered first aid, and the man was later taken to a hospital. Both officers were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

This incident involved only one suspect.

The investigation is on-going. Following standard guidelines in an officer-involved shooting, UWM police are turning the investigation over to the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team. The Oak Creek Police Department will be the lead agency on the investigation with assistance from member agencies. All future statements regarding the investigation will come from Oak Creek police.

Other than the two UWM police officers, no faculty, staff or students were injured in this incident. It is spring break, and UWM classes are not in session and relatively few people are on campus. Two safety alerts were sent to all employees and students regarding the incident — one at 7:09 a.m. reporting shots fired and one at 7:22 a.m. reporting the suspect in custody.

The Peck School’s Fine Arts Complex includes the Art Building, the Theatre Building, the Music Building and the Arts Center Lecture Hall. The Fine Arts Complex and the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts were closed briefly for the police investigation. They have since reopened.

About UWM

Recognized as one of the nation’s 130 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

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