Bullet fired at Milwaukee police squad car

Officers were not hit
Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 23:06:10-04

Milwaukee Police are trying to figure out if a bullet that struck a squad car with two officers inside was done so intentionally.

The incident happened at 37th and Burleigh Streets around 1:45 p.m., just a block away from District 7.

"A lot of chaos," said Jason Jones who witnessed it.

Jones said officers came right away with the tactical unit and police dogs, who told him to get to safety.

"Get out of this, get out of the area," Jones said.

None of the officers were hit but one was injured by flying glass.

"They were just parked at that location they had just completed an assignment and they were just finishing up with the paperwork in the squad car when the incident occurred," said Assistant Chief James Harpole.

A similar incident happened last month and less than a mile away. Fire Station 13 was hit with half a dozen bullets. No firefighters inside were hurt. 

"It's bad. This neighborhood is getting real bad," said Ernest Sims.

Friday, police searched the same neighborhood looking for the shooter. Thong Xiong was desperate to get inside to check on her father-in-law. She said she used to feel good knowing her family lived right by the police station but this has her worried.

"Are we safe here? If they can do it to the cop, they can hurt anybody," Xiong said.

Police do not know if it was a stray bullet or if the officers were targeted. So far there are no arrests.

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