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Suspect in fatal MPD officer shooting is a convicted felon

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 19:34:14-04

It’s been 24 hours since a shooting near 28th and Meinecke took the life of Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski and crime tape is still up. 

The suspect has not been charged, but police believe 30-year-old Jonathan Copeland Junior is the one who took the life of Officer Michalski Wednesday. 

The sound of multiple gunshots brought Avis Wright outside. 

“I had no idea that someone had already got killed,” said Avis Wright. 

Wright has lived on the block at the center of the investigation for almost 50 years. 

“It’s sad to live in a community where there’s so much violence and everything,” said Wright. 

Police were called to the home near 28th and Meinecke around 5 p.m. to look for Copeland. MPD Chief Alfonso Morales said he was wanted for parole violation, heroin possession and domestic violence. 

Officers followed Copeland inside this home and that’s when the suspect opened fire. 

“After he had fired at officers and what we believe to be ran out of ammunition and finally gave up,” said Chief Alfonso Morales. “The group that is behind me, the special investigations division, was a group that we assembled when I came into office to address the 10 percent of the problem in the city of Milwaukee. Copeland was one of those 10 percenters.

He’s been in and out of jail for years, charged with armed burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Records also show Copeland filed for divorce in April. 

Neighbors said Copeland was a drug dealer.