Authorities say a suspect opened fire on a Milwaukee police officer sitting in his squad car and seriously wounded him before fleeing and apparently killing himself shortly thereafter.
Sgt. Tim Gauerke says officers responded to several calls in the 3500 block of South 17th street early Sunday, including two domestic violence-related calls in which the suspect was no longer there when the officers arrived.
Gauerke says at around 2 a.m., an officer was sitting in his squad car conducting the investigation when a 20-year-old man from West Allis approached on foot and fired at the officer, through his squad car window striking him several times.
The 31 year old officer who is a 13 year veteran of the force was seriously wounded. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital to be treated. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.
About 30 minutes later, officers heard a nearby gunshot and found a man who had apparently shot himself in the head, killing himself.
As police were investigating the area around the scene, they heard additional gunshots, and discovered a man’s body. That man is believed to be the same person who was involved in both the domestic disturbance and shooting the police officer.
Police say his death appears to be a suicide.
“This is just another example of the risks our officers take each and every day to protect these citizens,” Asst. Police Chief William Jessup said in a morning press conference.
Jessup did not have any immediate information about whether any video evidence from the squad car’s dash cam or the officer’s body camera existed.
Neighbor Katie Kalski said she heard two gunshots and expressed shock by the violence near her home.
“This neighborhood — stuff like that doesn’t happen. We live in a pretty safe neighborhood. So for something like this to happen — it’s bad. It’s terrible,” she said.
Scene of Milwaukee police officer ambush (photo Credit Fox6Now)