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MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into an officer-involved shooting involving Milwaukee police officers that happened on Thursday night, May 5th near 76th and Mill.

It happened around 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said during a news conference Thursday night that officers were dispatched for a report of a robbery at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at 76th and Mill.

Responding officers spotted a masked man exit the store.

A foot chase then ensued, with the suspect firing at pursuing officers, Flynn said.

One officer was hit in the chest. Flynn said that officer's life was saved by his body armor.

The foot pursuit continued, and at the end of the pursuit, the suspect fired several more rounds at officers.

Two officers returned fire -- striking the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Burt Johnson.

The suspect's handgun was recovered at the scene.

Chief Flynn said the officer who was struck is a 38-year-old man with 14 years of experience on the force.

The officers who fired, terminating the threat, are 41 and 31 years old, respectively -- both males. One has 10 years of experience on the force, and the other has six years experience.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave per policy.

The wounded officer was taken to the hospital with "significant contusions," Chief Flynn said. The officer was released from the hospital Friday morning.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation continues its investigation.


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    • Rosemary

      tk you Milwaukee police, I live 2 blocks from this incident. it is scarey, to be so close to this.

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  • Yo

    Excellent take down. Your training paid off and you went home. Now we need to turn attention to the community that raises these felons and let them address how they plan to curb their crimes against humanity.

    • Mark

      they’ve got it covered YO. There’s a ‘stop the violence’ rally tonight on 27th and Capitol. Should make for a nice quiet summer. :D

  • Cracker

    If that wasn’t the truth, it would be funny. But that is what they will claim. Why should that person maybe try and get a job…when robbing is so much easier. The black community really needs to speak up against this type of crap!!!

  • Honky

    Fox 6 moderator sleeping? this is way more offensive than anything i post that gets deleted. Lol.

  • You Know Who You Are

    You sick and twisted racist. Crime is committed by all races. Robbing, stealing, and shooting is a major problem in the black community and you don’t seem to care. When whites are in the news for doing this countless times a day in Milwaukee, then you can talk.

    • Klaatu

      O….you are clueless! Us Whites don’t defend the white scumbag POS rapists, mass murderers, child molesters, etc.
      We cheer LEO’s when they get these losers off the streets or better yet remove them from the food chain altogether. But unfortunately, you’re to blind to see that. What blacks should be viewing with much disdain is the alarming rate at which the people of your race are committing crimes against your own people in your own communities as well as committing criminal acts in other communities. When you finally come down off your poor me, the man keeps me down, the world is racist towards me attitude, maybe you can incite change for the better in your own community and race. See, us white people police our own. You seem to look at criminals in your race as heros to be worshiped….that’s effed up man.

  • Angry Dad

    Great work MPD, as a citizen of Milwaukee I sincerely thank you for responding so quickly and being able to make a difference. You have succeeded in making my city a little bit safer. One less violent predator off the streets at no cost to us without any chance to hurt anyone again. THANK YOU!

  • Angry Dad

    you want to see a real racist? go look in the mirror douchebag and you will see one. Where do you get off calling people white racists because the appreciate the removal of violent predators from society. They don’t care what color their skin is but you do Mr. Racist! We don’t defend violent predators of any color including our own, but there seems to be a segment of black society that will defend the violent predators as long as their skin is of a certain shade. Lets not forget the lessons of Ferguson and of Michael Brown. Black racists defended that POS for no other reason than he was black. Now that’s racist.

  • michael zlab

    I’m so glad I moved out of that slum of a city… I lived just a few blocks away form this shooting, It sux!! Great job MPD!! God bless you all.

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