Officer injured in shooting given Purple Valor Award

Officer injured in shooting given Purple Valor Award
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jul 19, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee police officer who was wounded in a shooting over the weekend was awarded the department's Purple Valor Award Tuesday.

Officer Brandon Baranowski, 31, was shot in the arm as he sat in his squad car early Sunday morning on the city's south side.

According to police, officers were getting ready to leave the scene in the 3500 block of S. 17th St. when Tomas Uriegas came up to the squad car's window and fired multiple rounds. Uriegas killed himself a short time later.

Tuesday, Chief Ed Flynn visited Baranowski in the hospital, and presented him with the prestigious award.

Baranowski has 13 years of service with the police force. He underwent surgery at Froedtert Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Uriegas' family released a statement Monday condemning what they called his "misguided actions."