MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police shot and killed an armed man early Monday morning, Feb. 24. Three officers were involved and were not injured during this incident. Neighbors said the man who died was well-known in the area, and his final moments were captured by surveillance cameras.
According to police, around 1 a.m., officers responded to a shots fired complaint on Union Street in the neighborhood near 18th Street and Greenfield Avenue. As the squads were responding, the call was updated to a subject with a gun, and a description of the individual was provided.
Upon arrival, officers observed a man who fit the description and gave commands to stop and remove his hands from his pockets. Police said he disregarded those commands and fled on foot.
Officers gave chase, and gave several commands for the man to stop, and remove his hands from his pockets. Police said the man then brandished a firearm, and officers fired shots at him, striking him. The 27-year-old man died at the scene. Police said a firearm was recovered.
Surveillance cameras captured the sound of nearly a dozen gunshots and showed the man pulling out a weapon during the confrontation before he was fatally shot.
At least two vehicles on the street and a house down the block were struck by gunfire.
"It was like, a drive-by," said Brenda Lopez, neighbor. "It was like, it was going to house to house."
"It hit the wall outside our bedroom," said Tia Imes, neighbor.
Neighbors expressed frustration about the continuous violence.
"There's shootings around here all the time," said a neighbor. "It's ridiculous."
Jacky Hernandez, the mother of the children of the man who was killed, said he was 27 and a father of three.
"He was an amazing father, amazing dad, amazing father," said Hernandez. "He was barely, barely out here no more. He was trying to turn his life around. How do I tell my kids their dad is not here no more? Why shoot to kill?"
Police described the officers involved as follows:
- Man, 30, more than 2 1/2 years of service
- Man, 31, more than four years of service
- Man, 23, over 1 1/2 years of service
All three were placed on administrative duty per policy.
The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, led by Greenfield police is investigating.