Milwaukee officer charged for firing his gun while drunk

Posted at 5:12 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 19:11:21-05

A Milwaukee Police Officer is under investigation after allegedly firing his service weapon while drunk.

According to a criminal complaint, 42-year-old Michael Anderson was officially charged on Monday for operating a firearm while intoxicated.

Anderson has been with the Milwaukee Police Department for 20 years.

The incident happened September 22 when, according to a criminal complaint, Milwaukee Police responded to Anderson's home because of a shots fired call.

When they arrived, the criminal complaint says that Anderson told responding officers that he had fired his service weapon twice into his backyard.

The criminal complaint goes on to say that Anderson appeared to be intoxicated and a blood sample revealed he had a blood alcohol count of .215, that's almost three times the legal limit.

TODAY's TMJ4 spoke briefly with him Wednesday at his home but he said he had no comment regarding his case.

The Milwaukee Police Association also said it has no comment about the situation.

Anderson's attorney said over the phone that Anderson is a dedicated law enforcement officer and that this is an unfortunate situation all the way around.

Milwaukee Police say Anderson is currently suspended from the department.

According to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, Anderson has received four citizen complaints in his 20 years as an officer.

In the two most recent, the commission says there was no evidence of any wrong doing.

They were not able to provide details about the other two complaints.

If convicted, Anderson faces nine months in prison and or a $10,000 fine.