Milwaukee – Was a Milwaukee police officer shot dead While trying to apprehend a robbery suspect early Tuesday, he was shot and killed after a physical struggle with the officer.
Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said the officer was following a 19-year-old man and opened fire with him, although it was not clear as of 7 a.m. local time whether his injuries were self-inflicted.
Norman said the officer is 37 years old and has four years of experience. He was part of a group of officers who responded at 1:16 a.m. to a man on the south side of downtown to search for a man wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred at 11:25 p.m. Monday.
“Milwaukee, our hearts are heavy,” said Norman, at times appearing emotional during a brief press conference near the scene. “One of our very best men who put on that uniform, donned that badge, went to work last night and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community.
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Norman said the officers encountered a man who ignored their orders and fled on foot. An officer chased and caught him, where a fight ensued.
The accused fired from the pistol, which hit the officer. The officer also gave up his weapon. Norman said the officer later died at a hospital, while the other man died at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by the Brookfield Police Department.
Four Years After Another Milwaukee Police Shooting
Officer’s death comes nearly four years after Milwaukee police Officer Matthew Ritner was shot and killed While executing a search warrant.
Ritner, a US Marine who deployed twice to Iraq before joining the force from Milwaukee, died on February 6, 2019. He was 35 years old.
Fatal shootings also occurred on the south side of town.
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