MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee police officer shot and wounded an armed suspect during a robbery attempt at the Dollar General store on E. Locust St. on Monday afternoon, March 9th. The suspect is a 20-year-old Milwaukee man who has an arrest record with the Milwaukee Police Department.
Milwaukee Police Ed Flynn said the robbery attempt happened around 3:00 p.m. Two officers responded to the scene after a 911 call. The officers encountered an armed, masked suspect who was robbing the store. The suspect refused demands to drop his weapon -- and then turned toward the officers. One officer then fired one shot -- striking the suspect. Chief Flynn said the suspect then took his own weapon -- and shot himself.
The officers immediately began first aid and CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene. Chief Flynn indicated the suspect is in very serious condition at Froedtert Hospital.
There were apparently a half-dozen witnesses inside of the store. However, nobody else in the store was hurt.
Milwaukee police say the officer who fired his service revolver is 38 years old and a seven-year veteran of the force. He is now on administrative duty.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is handling the investigation into this shooting.
"We notified the Department of Justice and secured the scene pending their arrival. They have now been here. They`re organizing the investigation and will continue to conduct that investigation moving forward," Chief Flynn said.