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Family identifies Milwaukee police employee killed in 'neighbor dispute'

Posted at 12:37 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 17:19:37-04

MILWAUKEE — The family of the Milwaukee community service officer who was shot and killed during a dispute Monday night has identified him as Naeem Sarosh.

Sarosh, 35, was shot during a "neighbor dispute" in the 4800 block of S. 22nd Place around 6 p.m. Monday. Sarosh was a community service officer with MPD for four years.

Milwaukee Police employee shot and killed in neighbor dispute: 'A senseless act'

The suspect, identified as a 65-year-old man, is in custody. MPD will be investigating the fatal shooting as a homicide.

“This employee was beloved, well respected and well-liked," Brunson said in a conference on Monday. "This is a tragic day for the Milwaukee Police Department and for this city. This is a senseless act and this is an untenable situation for our city with the level of violence that we’ve seen recently.”

"Last night, one of our Milwaukee Police Department Community Service Officers was fatally shot. While the circumstances of the situation haven’t been fully determined, these types of senseless acts of violence should disturb us all," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement Tuesday. "I am grateful for his years of service to our community, and send my sincere condolences to his friends, family and all who knew him."

Later on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Police Department issued a statement regarding Sarosh's death.

"Acting Chief Michael Brunson and the entire Milwaukee Police Department send condolences and prayers to the Sarosh family as they grieve their loss," wrote MPD in their press release. "He will be greatly missed by the members of this organization and by the members of our community."

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas also released a statement, saying:

“On behalf of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, I send our sincerest condolences to Chief Michael Brunson and the Milwaukee Police Department and the family of Community Service Officer Naeem Sarosh upon his tragic death. His life was dedicated to serving our community and making it a better place to live, including in his very own neighborhood. We pray for the family’s comfort following the loss of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father and healing for our community, which has been deeply affected by senseless and tragic violence.”

MPD said preliminary investigations show the incident stemmed from a neighbor dispute.

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