Milwaukee Police Department officers honored for quick response after shooting of colleague

Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 00:28:55-04

MILWAUKEE -- Nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department were honored Wednesday for their response to the shooting of Officer Brandon Baranowski.

Two sergeants and seven police officers were given a Chief’s Challenge Coin by Police Chief Ed Flynn in a presentation in front of command staff, according to a post on the Milwaukee Police Department's Facebook page. 

Baranowski, 31, was shot on July 17th during a response to a call to the area of S 17th St. and W Morgan Ave. around 2:00 a.m. Officers had responded to the area before for a domestic violence incident, but both times they arrived, the suspect was no longer on scene.

According to police, Baranowski was seated in the passenger side of his squad when the suspect approached and fired multiple shots in to the squad, striking Baranowski five times. The suspect was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 13-year police veteran was taken to the hospital and released four days later, to a salute from hundreds of Milwaukee Police officers and public safety workers.

The nine members of MPD who were honored were credited with securing the scene, providing coverage from an unknown threat, and keeping Baranowski calm and safe until he could be transported to the hospital.