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'It was pretty scary:' Neighborhood shaken after officer-involved shooting

Posted at 7:07 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 20:07:23-05

MILWAUKEE — A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting at 47th and Hampton Sunday night. Police said the suspect led officers on a chase before approaching them with a gun and shooting at them.

Asha Coleman will have a hard time forgetting what she saw outside her home, a man’s body laying on the front porch of her neighbor’s apartment.

“This will forever kind of be on my mind,” Coleman said.

She was getting something to eat when she heard several gunshots and dropped to the ground.

“It was pretty scary. I’ve never seen anything happen like that in my life, especially in front of me,” Coleman said.

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said it started just after 8 p.m. when police officers tried to pull over a 23-year-old man for reckless driving by 47th and Hampton.

He said the man refused to pull over and drove off, leading officers on a short chase around the block before crashing his car.

“The suspect exited the vehicle and immediately fired shots at officers,” Morales said.

Morales said three officers fired back, hitting the suspect, who later died at the hospital.

None of the officers were injured. They have between four to nine years on the job.

Kim Moore, who’s neighbors with Coleman, now fears for her safety.

“Don’t know what’s going to happen next. Don’t know if something like this is going to happen again,” Moore said. “That could have been my house that a bullet could have went flying through or you know it could have been one of my family members a bullet could have hit.”

Moore said it didn’t have to end the way it did, and she and Coleman hope things change for the better.

“We’ve just got to think about other lives other than our lives,” Moore said. “Someway, somehow the reckless driving, the shooting, we need to put the guns down. We need to stop it. Come together.”

“Drive safe. Slow down. There’s no cause for it,” Coleman added.

All three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative duty.

Because the incident involved Milwaukee officers, the Wauwatosa Police Department is leading the investigation per protocol.