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MILWAUKEE -- A police investigation that involved SWAT teams blocked streets on Milwaukee's south side for much of the afternoon on Wednesday, December 30th -- and FOX6 News has learned officials were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with the "freeway shootout" that happened on December 9th.

This whole ordeal lasted for about three hours. Several blocks were swarming with police.

A sergeant with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office tells FOX6 News the suspect was tracked to a home near 5th and Grant, and that home was surrounded by Milwaukee police and Milwaukee County sheriff's officials.

SWAT situation near 5th and Grant

SWAT situation near 5th and Grant

The sergeant tells FOX6 News two people who were in the home came out voluntarily.

"One of the officers took a guy out to a police car.  He was handcuffed and they put him in the cop car," David Monheim, who lives nearby said.

Officials then believed there was a third person still inside.

“We tracked a suspect, a person of interest that was involved in a freeway shooting on December 9th. For safety reasons, the Milwaukee Police Department assisted us in clearing the residence with their tactical team," Sgt. Aaron Dobson said. "There was a recklessly endangering safety shootout on the freeway. The suspects all had guns and we were concerned for our safety as well as the safety of the residents in the area. We took all necessary precautions to make sure everyone was safe and make sure this came to a safe resolution."

SWAT situation near 5th and Grant

SWAT situation near 5th and Grant

We're told that third person was not inside the home.

No shots were fired during this incident.

“We don’t believe anyone is in the area at this time that’s involved with that crime," Sgt. Dobson said.

Two men are in custody following this police presence. Sheriff's officials tell FOX6 News one of those taken into custody is a man who was the target of the investigation regarding the freeway shootout. Three firearms and a large amount of illegal narcotics were also recovered after searching the residence.


You'll recall, the December 9th freeway shootout led to a complete closure of I-43 SB near Fond du Lac Avenue for hours. More than a dozen shots were exchanged between individuals in two vehicles.

Two men have been charged, and officials said they were still seeking at least two other suspects.

Freeway shootout -- vehicle riddled with bullets

Freeway shootout -- vehicle riddled with bullets

Martez Maclin-Dyson, Jerome Johnson

Martez Maclin-Dyson, Jerome Johnson

25-year-old Jerome Johnson of Milwaukee, and 22-year-old Martez Maclin-Dyson face 10 felony charges between them.

They have both pleaded not guilty. Both men were out on bond in other court cases when the freeway shooting occurred.

Johnson and Maclin-Dyson will be in court next week, on January 5th for scheduling conferences.

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  • Reasonless

    Obama is going to call this excessive use of force, even though no shots were fired.

    Those military vehicles were really intimidating to the bad guys, and they will probably have nightmares because of those mean and brutal cops showing off in their big vehicles while swinging those big guns all over the place.

    These folks just need to be hugged, and shown that they too are loved.

    The show of potential violence will just make them turn more inward.

    Perhaps these folks could get a job on the trolley. Something to be proud of.

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  • Reasonless

    And instead of the intimidating process of the man pulling up in a military vehicle, what if they rolled up to the residence on a trolley while ringing the trolley bell.

    The bad guys wouldn’t be able to resist their inner childhood instinct. They would come running outside to ride on the trolley.

    The man could serve ice cream on the trolley, as long as no one spilled any. We can’t have sticky seats on the trolley. Mayor Barrett would cry if the seats on his new trolley got all sticky from the free ice cream.

    We would need to ban all ice cream from the trolley, and then only the bad guys would eat ice cream on the trolley.

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