Man who shot Milwaukee officer had violent past

Uriegas was on bail for attacking mom's boyfriend
Posted at 11:31 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 00:31:33-04

As a Milwaukee Police Officer recovers from multiple gunshot wounds, more information is coming out about the suspected gunman.

Tomas Uriegas was out on bail for a violent felony at the time of Sunday's shooting. He was arrested for hurting the man who essentially helped to raise him.

Sunday morning, Milwaukee Police answered a domestic violence call near 17th and Morgan.

Investigators say Officer Brandon Baranowski, 31, was sitting in his squad car when Uriegas opened fire.

"Until we heard the age of the officer, we thought it could've been my brother because he works nights. It could've been him," says Birmingham.

As Milwaukee Police come together for Baranowski, people are offering support.

And police say they could not be more grateful.

"I just want to thank all of you for the phone calls, the cards for the small ... You have no idea what that does for our officers," said Captain Boris Turcinovic.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says police will be riding two to a squad car following the attack.

Uriegas' uncle issued a statement Sunday saying his nephew suffered from " profound emotional distress" and the family was trying to find help for him.