Police: Shorewood officer fires gun after suspects drive into squad cars

No injuries reported
Posted at 11:01 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 18:13:29-04

SHOREWOOD -- Police in Shorewood say an officer fired his weapon after two suspects rammed their car into two squad cars early Wednesday.

Nobody was hurt. Police have arrested one suspect and are still looking for the other.

Police say it all started when an officer noticed a "suspicious vehicle" in the area of E. Pinedale Ct. and N. Morris Blvd. around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.

When responding officers were told the vehicle was reported stolen, they performed a "high-risk traffic stop." That's when police say the suspect drove at the officers and their vehicles, striking two squad cars. In response, an officer "discharged his weapon," though it's not clear how many shots were fired.

Police then chased the suspects to the area of N. Holton and E. Vienna Ave., where they got out and started running away. One of the suspects was taken into custody. The other is still at large. Officers say a gun was recovered from their vehicle.

The officer who fired his weapon has 15 years of experience and has been placed on administrative duty while the incident is investigated, as is protocol.

Marie Zarling lives a few miles north in Shorewood. She said just after 5:00 a.m. she heard several gunshots on Morris and Capitol.

"Gunshots, rapid gunshots. There was at least 5 or 6. It was boom, boom, boom, boom. I looked out the window and saw several squad cars go up the side road and up to Capitol," she said.

Several neighbors living in Shorewood heard a car peel out, followed by the gunshots.

"I thought it was someone banging on a garbage can at first, but now I know it was gunshots and it scares me," said Elizabeth Harju.

Per state law, the incident will be investigated by the Milwaukee County Investigative Team, police say.

This is a developing story. Check back often for more details.