Milwaukee police officer struck by hit-and-run driver near 24th and Capitol; suspects ran

Alberto Figueroa

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee police officer was struck by a vehicle and injured in a hit-and-run near 24th and Capitol on Monday night, Jan. 21.

It began with a traffic stop. Police said the driver who was pulled over got out and pulled the officer to safety after the crash -- performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

Meanwhile, showing no remorse or concern, three suspects were captured by surveillance cameras running away from the crash scene.

"I feel for the officer who got hurt," said Deacon Luther Webb, New Creatures in Christ Fellowship Church.

Webb shared video from the church, and said he was stunned by the suspects' reckless actions.

"It's really crazy. It's really crazy to me," said Webb.

Surveillance video shows suspects ran after hit-and-run involving MPD officer near 24th and Capitol

Surveillance video shows suspects ran after hit-and-run involving MPD officer near 24th and Capitol

Before the suspects fled, the video showed a squad pulled over for the traffic stop. Moments later, the video showed two vehicles speeding. They crashed into Officer Alberto Figueroa, who was out of his squad.

Speeding vehicle crashes into another at 24th and Capitol

"Hit a parked car and ended up pinning the officer against the car that he had stopped. A vehicle then fled the scene and was involved in a crash approximately a block down," said Steven Caballero, Milwaukee Police Department.

One woman came out of her business and noticed her car was wrecked.

"I see an officer's car. A truck sitting there with the lights on. I began to scream -- 'help, help, help. He just hit my car. He is running that way.' I run down there. I seen an officer in the street," said the woman.

Woman helped officer at scene of hit-and-run near 24th and Capitol

She realized the officer was in need of help.

"When I first walked up, he was unresponsive," the woman said. "I don't think (the suspects) have a conscience."

Figueroa suffered extensive injuries.

"We are going to be praying for him. I hope he gets through this," said Webb. "He was doing his job. He was in the right place at the wrong time."

Officer struck near 24th and Capitol

Figueroa, 26, has five years of experience with the Milwaukee Police Department. He was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Anyone who has any information on this hit-and-run is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 414-935-7360.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Figueroa and his family.

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