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“Heard a horrific noise:” Search for 2 drivers involved in hit-and-run crash that injured MPD officer

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are searching for the drivers of two vehicles who were part of a hit-and-run crash that injured a MPD officer.

Incident at 27th and Clybourn in Milwaukee

"I heard a horrific noise," said Holly Brown, a witness to the wreck."

Two motorcycle officers from MPD’s Neighborhood Task Force were deployed as part of DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) near N. 27th Street and W. Clybourn Street around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, August 3rd.  A vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed over the viaduct and approached W. St. Paul Avenue.

"The officer on the bike, he flew on the bike," Brown said.

Incident at 27th and Clybourn in Milwaukee

Occupants of that vehicle were seen acting suspiciously as they spoke with occupants of a second vehicle.

Officers attempted to stop the first vehicle when the second vehicle hit one of the motorcycle officers.  Both vehicles fled the scene.

Incident at 27th and Clybourn in Milwaukee

The injured officer was thrown from his motorcycle and was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The injured officer is a 54-year-old male with more than 15 years of service.

Incident at 27th and Clybourn in Milwaukee

"They do such a great job. They're pulled in so many different directions, not only in our area, but in the entire City of Milwaukee," Brown said. "My respect and admiration is for them and the job that they do do."

Brown is shaken, but hopeful that the hit-and-run drivers will be caught and the officer will be okay.

"Yes, I'm stepping on my heart right now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. My love as well," Brown said.