WAUKESHA -- A 55-year-old man who is a convicted felon on supervision through the Wisconsin DOC was shot and wounded by a Waukesha police officer after a pursuit Monday night, Jan. 8.
Shortly before 7 p.m., officers in the area near S. Grandview Blvd. and Mac Arthur Rd. attempted a traffic stop on a "reckless vehicle," police said in a press release. The vehicle attempted to flee the officers at an apartment complex -- and a five-minute pursuit ensued in the parking lots and adjacent roadways.
During the pursuit, police said officers were advised to use caution as the vehicle had possibly been involved in an armed robbery.
Eventually, the suspect fled on foot with two officers pursuing him. Police said during the foot pursuit, an officer "feared the suspect was accessing a weapon and was forced to shoot the suspect to stop the threat."
The 55-year-old suspect was shot in his leg. Police said officers then rendered aid and a tourniquet was applied.
No officers or civilians were hurt, police said.
The suspect was taken to the hosptial for treatment of his injuries.
Police said the suspect is a felon with a history of arrests including armed robbery, drug violations and other violations dating back to 1982.
The officers involved have three years and seven years experience on the force. They have been placed on administrative leave per policy.
The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team is handling this investigation, along with Waukesha County sheriff's officials.
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said this in a statement:
"Based on the preliminary information gathered at this point, I believe that the officers risked their lives to fulfill the mission statement of the Waukesha Police Department; “A Pledge to Serve with Integrity, Honor, and Courage.”