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Officer grazed by bullet fired by 2nd officer in West Milwaukee during overnight call

55th and Burnham
Posted at 5:56 AM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 14:27:42-04

WEST MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A West Milwaukee police officer was grazed by a bullet after another officer opened fire at an armed suspect during an overnight call, police say.

A caller told dispatchers that he felt like he was about to die, gave his address and then hung up.

Officers arrived at the scene near 55th and Burnham around 11:26 p.m. and attempted to make contact with the person. Police say the man exited his home and pointed a firearm at an officer. That officer fired one round and missed the suspect. A fragment from the bullet fired by the officer then hit a second officer, causing minor injuries, police said.

A neighbor spoke with TMJ4 and said he was sleeping when the noise woke him up.

“I heard a couple of gunshots at first and then I seen a man with a gun pointed, pointing at a cop. And I seen the man go up to cop cars and start like breaking the windows. And that's where cops started arriving like crazy,” said Diego Soto.

Officers Tased the man and took him into custody. Police did recover a firearm.

The man refused medical treatment and officers brought him to Milwaukee County Mental Health for evaluation. Charges are pending.

TMJ4 recorded the following scanner traffic:

"Shots fired, shots fired, shots fired... Station, he pointed a firearm at me... 15 (to) Station, (squad) 22's been hit."

The audio continues later on: "I'm hit in the finger. I'm fine. We're going to need either West Allis or MCSO Swat... ah, Stand by, I'm fine, I'm fine."

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