MILWAUKEE -- Tensions boiled over on the streets of Milwaukee on Saturday night, August 13th -- and the unrest lasted into the early morning hours on Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene near Sherman and Auer as the BP gas station went up in flames. Police rushed to the scene telling people to clear the area -- and warning that the gas station might explode.
Chants of "This is our city" were heard as police tried to block off the area. Several people also threatened media crews on the scene. Glass was thrown at a FOX6 News photojournalist.
As the scene at Sherman and Auer quieted down, crews rushed to the neighborhood near 36th and Fond du Lac to put out more fires.
Firefighters scrambled to the roof of the BMO Harris Bank as they put out a fire. Police officers in riot gear stood guard nearby.
After fire crews cleared out, additional police pulled up and told bystanders to get out of the street -- eventually leading a few of them into the back of a police van.
By 2:00 a.m., the scene at 36th and Fond du Lac was finally mostly quiet.
Fires occurred late Saturday and early Sunday at the BP gas station on Sherman, Jet Beauty near 35th and Fond du Lac, the BMO Harris Bank near 36th and Fond du Lac, the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and the MJM Liquor store near Fond du Lac and North.
Angry crowds took to the streets on Saturday night to protest the shooting death of an armed man by a police officer hours earlier.
It all began Saturday afternoon when two officers stopped two people who were in a car in the north side, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.
That led to a foot chase between the people in the car and police, which ended when an officer shot one of the two -- a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, authorities said.
The police officer "ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."
The man died at the scene. He was shot twice -- in the arm and chest.
Officials said his handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.
"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said in a statement.
The officer, 24, was assigned to District 7 and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three of those as an officer. He was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.
The officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Barrett said.
"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said. The shooting occurred near the same place where a double homicide happened on August 9. In that incident a man was shot dead and another was fatally stabbed, police said.
As the chaos escalated Saturday night and early Sunday, authorities implored the crowds to disperse and go home. Some used social media to urge others to come out and take part in the protests, according to Barrett.
"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.
The mayor said police presence would be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order.
At least three people were arrested, he said.
At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted that they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."
Local officials plan to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.