Milwaukee police officer shoots, wounds armed suspect

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee police officer shot and wounded a suspect armed with a 9mm handgun moments after the suspect fired rounds at a house on Milwaukee's north side late Saturday, July 13th.

Officials say the uniformed officer was driving a marked squad car westbound on W. North Avenue shortly after 11:30 p.m. when the officer came upon the suspect firing rounds from a handgun at the intersection of N. 44th and North.

The officer chased the armed suspect on foot westbound on North Avenue and northbound onto N. 45th Street where the suspect turned toward the officer with the gun in hand. The officer discharged his handgun to stop the threat, striking the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered.

Investigators say the suspect is a 25-year-old Milwaukee man with a lengthy arrest record, including robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and drugs. He is recovering at a hospital.

The officer is a 32-year-old male with eight years of service. He is assigned to District 3 and was not injured during the incident.

As is standard operating procedure, the incident is under investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, per procedure, the officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation.

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