Police: Witnesses to officer-involved shooting in Brown Deer urged to step forward

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BROWN DEER -- The 26-year-old Milwaukee man who was shot by a Brown Deer police officer near 60th and Donna on Monday, March 14th is in stable condition at the hospital, where he is in police custody, Brown Deer Police Chief Michael Kass said on Thursday, March 17th.

Chief Kass also shared new information about the two officers involved in this incident.

The Milwaukee man was shot and wounded by an officer as he fought with two officers around 5:00 p.m. Monday near 60th and Donna, Chief Kass said.

Kass indicated the officers were flagged down by a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver who was concerned about the behavior of a passenger on a bus. The driver asked the officers to remove the passenger as she felt the man's behavior was placing other passengers at risk.

Derrick Macklin

Derrick Macklin

"The lady (officer) asked the bus driver -- 'do you have a problem? What's the problem?' The bus driver said 'yes, I have a disturbance on the bus. A young man was cussing me out when he got on the bus about a transfer.' The man (officer) says, 'you're going to have to get off the bus.' (The suspect) says 'I'm not getting off the bus.' So they grabbed him and threw him off the bus," said Derrick Macklin.

Macklin said he was on the bus prior to the officer-involved shooting.

"(The suspect) said 'I just got off from work. I worked 10 hours,'" Macklin said.

Initial reports indicate once the passenger was removed from the bus, officers attempted to place the suspect under arrest.

"They're wrestling with him -- both of them at the same time -- wrestling with him. His other arm, he was doing like this, waving. He said 'why are you messing with me?'" Macklin said.

During that time, an officer's weapon discharged, striking the suspect. The officers provided medical treatment to the suspect until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital for treatment.

Officer-involved shooting near 60th and Donna in Brown Deer

Officer-involved shooting near 60th and Donna in Brown Deer

Macklin said he heard one shot fired, which jives with what other witnesses said.

"When (the officer) shot him, everyone was looking at her. She looked up and seen everybody on the bus looking at her. She put her gun back. That's when he just gave up. She grabbed his hand and handcuffed him. When she shot, everybody on the bus said 'you shot him! You shot him! Why did you shoot him?'" said Macklin.

Macklin said once the man and the officers exited the bus, the bus driver tried to continue the route but could not. He said she pulled over and called a supervisor.

"She felt bad because I think she was blaming herself for what happened to this dude because she got off the bus and started crying. She walked off the bus and just sat by herself with her head down," said Macklin.

Officer-involved shooting near 60th and Donna in Brown Deer

Officer-involved shooting near 60th and Donna in Brown Deer

Chief Kass said the officer who fired at the suspect is a 26-year-old woman with five years of experience at Brown Deer Police Department. Her partner is a 33-year-old man with two years experience at Brown Deer.

Both officers were injured during this confrontation -- and both have been placed on administrative duty pending the investigation. That is standard protocol.

Chief Kass indicated Milwaukee police are reviewing video from inside the bus -- and attempting to identify any additional witnesses to this incident. He also urged anyone with information to contact Milwaukee police.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • A yooper

    Some days some of those hood heathens know when their own screwed up. no one will come up to defend the police. Same for looking for killer of young woman pregnant woman. they won’t step up to help themselves as a group.

  • Fred

    Finding witnesses shouldn’t be too difficult. There were previous posts here in the comment section where people knew, or were related to, witnesses that were on that bus. Now let’s wait and see if these witnesses come forward.

  • Shannon

    There is no consistency in the rules of behavior or application of consequences on the bus system. All that drama during their strike, and these drivers don’t even know how to deal with unruly customers. And could someone please explain to me how she drove off without giving an official statement?! How could the officers complete a report if they didn’t get her name or a full explanation of thr situation.

  • .

    This isn’t about right vs privilege. It’s a service. He was a customer. She was a service provider. Unlike most service positions, the bus drivers do not have a consistent, clear set of steps for how to deal with unruly customers. They are also in the unique position of not having a manager nearby to de-escalte conflicts between customers and staff. It’s not right that she was cussed out, but she also handled this in a way that escalated the situation. It’s not okay to dismiss her reaction, because she is clearly the one with the possibility power in this situation.

    • amerie

      they actually have clearly posted on the inside of the bus rules, rights and responsibilities of the CUSTOMER in both English and Spanish and possible consequence include refusal of service, there are people that are permanently banned from Milwaukee county transit buses due to behavior. This is not healthcare or human services they absolutely have the right to refuse service for abusive behavior, being courteous and respectful is in their job description being babysitter, counselor or social worker is not. A NORMAL human being can have a disagreement without resorting to being verbally abusive, if he can’t then its not their job to try to change that, argue with him or try to maneuver a 20 ton vehicle in 5pm traffic with him yapping in her ear he needed to either walk or wait for the next bus because the driver and the other passengers on the bus don’t have time for that crap. If the driver was wrong then call and complain.

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