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Two injured after shootout with Wauwatosa Police

Suspect in stolen vehicle fired shots at police.
Posted at 6:37 AM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 17:10:37-05

WAUWATOSA -- Police from Wauwatosa and Milwaukee are on scene at 85th & Concordia, where a suspect in a stolen vehicle fired shots at officers this morning. 

Wauwatosa Police attempted to pull the vehicle over on 92nd Street between Hampton and Capitol around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.  

According to Wauwatosa P.D., the vehicle's driver fled from police. Officers chased the car until a tire deflation device, or stop stick, could be used to end the pursuit. 

The car, which police said was stolen in Milwaukee less than one week ago, came to a stop near 85th & Concordia. 

Immediately upon exiting the car, a suspect started shooting at three Wauwatosa Police officers, investigators said.  

Capt. Brian Zalewski, of the Wauwatosa Police Department, said at least two of the suspect's rounds struck a squad car. 

Zalewski said two of the officers returned fire, as the suspect continued to shoot while running away from the car.

Both officers who discharged their firearms have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. 

"It's hard to understand what the mindest of that (suspect) was," Zalewski said. "They put not only the officers but everyone else in this neighborhood in a dangerous situation." 

The suspect who fired the initial shots, a 23-year old male from Milwaukee with a lengthy arrest record, was hit by at least two rounds fired by officers. 

A 19-year-old female passenger was also struck by one round.

Right now, police said it's not known if she was hit by gunfire from the suspect or from police. 

Both suspects were treated and released at a nearby hospital. 

All four suspects in the vehicle, including the two injured, are now in police custody. 

Neighbors near 85th & Concordia said the shootout made for a scary morning. 

"This is a quiet neighborhood. We don't deserve this," said Carl Duncan. "I don't know why people would come over here and start shooting up our neighborhood like that." 

"I'm definitely glad the police were on top of it as quickly as they were," said Dan Wood. 

He added he's grateful the shooting happened at a time of day when the neighborhood was quiet. 

"Every morning, you see kids here walking to school. You see parents out, walking their kids to school," Wood said. 

Wauwatosa Police continue to investigate the shooting with the help of the Milwaukee Police Department.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab is helping to process the scene for evidence.