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Milwaukee police officers shoot, kill man after he opened fire: Chief

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Aug 16, 2021

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say officers returned gunfire and killed a 42-year-old man Monday afternoon.

Acting Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department, Jeffrey Norman, said during a press briefing that officers were called just before 4 p.m. to the 2500 block of North 27 Street for a report of someone with a gun.

A 911 caller had reported someone had a gun and was pointing it at people, the chief said.

Police officers arrived and ordered the armed suspect to drop the gun, but he did not, police said.

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The suspect then fired the gun, and three officers fired back, striking the man, police said. He was later pronounced dead. The chief said they are investigating whether the man had fired towards the officers.

The officers involved are a 32-year-old male officer with over 4 years of service, a 26-year-old male officer with over 5 years of service and a 29-year-old male officer with over 5 years of service. They are now on administrative leave as is protocol for officer-involved shootings.

Police say the man's gun was recovered. Milwaukee police confirmed after the briefing that the man's age is 42 years old.

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The Wauwatosa Police Department is investigating the officer-involved fatal shooting.

No other details were released by Acting Chief Norman.

Members of the man's family had their own views on the incident.

"They gonna have to show me something for me to believe that my brother went and did something like that, and started shooting at the police," said his sister, Ella Jones.

"Even though he was schizophrenic, he wasn’t all the way gone like that," said his cousin, Jennifer Davis. "He would know better not to shoot at the police."

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