Authorities have confirmed that a Milwaukee police officer was fatally shot early on Tuesday while responding to a call in one of the city’s south-side communities.
The officer, whose identity has not been made public, was a 37-year-old veteran of the Milwaukee police department. Around 1:15 a.m., he and other officers from the city’s fourth district were called to a crossroads close to Lincoln Village. Approximately two hours previously, a robbery had taken place, and a suspect was wanted in connection with it, Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman announced at a press conference on Tuesday.
Norman claimed that the suspect disobeyed orders and left the scene on foot when police arrived. The suspect was pursued by the officer who was murdered, and as a result of their physical altercation, the suspect discharged his revolver and fired shots that hit the officer, according to the police chief. According to Norman, the officer then shot the subject once with his revolver. The suspect, who was only given an age of 19, was killed as a result of their exchange. According to the police chief, the cause of the death is still under investigation.
During the battle, the responding officer suffered grave injuries that required immediate medical attention.
My heart is heavy, and the hearts of the Milwaukee Police Department are heavy,” Norman, who was clearly moved at the news conference, said. Milwaukee, we need your prayers and your support. “One of our finest, who donned on that uniform and put on that badge and went to work last night and gave the ultimate price for safeguarding our neighborhood.”
The police chief said, “To the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department, I see you. I am proud of you. The work that you do does not go unnoticed. At this time, our city needs you. “The violence needs to end. Everyone has a part in community protection. Now is the moment to lean in and do the work that needs to be done in our community.”
The mayor of Milwaukee, Cavalier Johnson, also spoke at the press conference, saying that the responding officer “should not be dead,” echoing the stance of the police chief over gun violence in the city.
In remarks to Milwaukee locals, he stated, “Make sure you check up on your folks. “Enough of this. Enough of it. If they are out there doing dirty, nasty things, or messing about with guns, that you hold them accountable so that we don’t see this sort of activity happening in our city.”