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Officer shot after chase, shootout with suspects on Milwaukee's north side

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:49:02-05

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee police officer is hurt and a suspect is dead after a shooting Tuesday morning on the city’s north side.

Police said the incident started at 12:59 a.m. when they tried to pull over a driver speeding on Teutonia at West Roosevelt, but kept going.

Within a minute, the car crashed into a pole at Fairmount. Police said three people got out of the car and ran away, so officers ran after them.

Investigators said eventually one of the suspects shot a 32-year-old male officer near 27th and Lincoln Creek Parkway.

Police said the officer fired back as that suspect took off. The two others were taken into custody.

A man who didn’t want to be identified showed TODAY’S TMJ4 where a bullet went flying through his kitchen wall.

“I was sleeping and then I heard the gunshot,” he said.

He woke up to find police and EMS crews in his backyard.

Edwin Lopez also heard the pops. He knew the sound was coming from the alley behind his home and was soon met by police at his front door.

“Officers banging on my door like banging real hard,” Lopez said.

Investigators were questioning him when they heard another bang echo through the neighborhood.

“Immediately their walkie-talkies went off like shots fired, shots fired,” Lopez said.

Cell phone video from a man who lives nearby shows police surround a garage. Police said inside, they found the suspect, who fired at officers, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It was an end to a series of events that all began with police trying to conduct a traffic stop.

“We got to be more responsible,” Lopez said.

“If the police pull you over, just stop, and if you have to dance to the tune of your action, just do it,” said the man, who lives in the home where the officer was shot.

The officer who was shot was released from the hospital and remains in stable condition. He and his 33-year-old male partner are both on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. They both have about two years on the job.

The Milwaukee Police Association released the following statement in response to the incident:

"On February 4, 2020, The Milwaukee Police Association (MPA) responded to a critical incident where one of our officers was shot while performing their duties. Members of the Milwaukee Police Department put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of Milwaukee each and every day. Please keep the officers that were involved, their families, and their Blue family in your prayers."

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