Police shoot man who came at them with knife

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 19:28:30-05
WAUWATOSA -- A domestic situation turned deadly Monday night. Now it's up to investigators to figure out how a woman died in Wauwatosa.
The two officers and a supervisor involved are "out of the field" because of a violent struggle with the suspect.
"So many police cars, completely unexpected but nowadays we can expect anything from anywhere," said Denis Vutikoe, neighbor.

Vutikoe has lived here for year, and recalls only one incident.  Five years ago a Wauwatosa police officer was shot in the parking lot by a robbery suspect. What happened here Monday night was domestic. A neighbor heard a woman screaming, then saw someone jump from a balcony. Three officers confronted that suspect along 124th Street.

"The suspect cut or slashed and stabbed at the supervisor repeatedly. Two of the other officers that were on the scene fired their service weapons to stop the threat," said Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber.

Officers shot the suspect twice. Police later discovered the body of a 32 year old woman dead in the snow under her balcony.  An autopsy is expected to reveal how she died.

"I believe that the police officers were confronted with a very dangerous situation and although it's still very early in our investigation, it appears they acted responsibly, professionally," said Chief Weber.

The suspect is still at Froedtert Hospital.  The Milwaukee Police Department will conduct an independent review. Police have no prior reports of domestic violence calls from the two people involved in this case.