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Witnesses, neighbors describe the scene where MPD officer was killed

Posted: 10:25 PM, Jul 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-26 14:33:47Z

Tensions were high Wednesday evening on both sides of the police tape near the scene before neighbors knew a Milwaukee Police officer lost his life.  

"He just got to firing right away got to firing got to shooting at the officer," said Cortez Beall, a witness.

Witnesses said the suspect lives in the neighborhood.

"He said he wasn't going back to jail and he was going to go out with a bang I guess," said Beall.

Audrey Johnson saw the officers before the shooting. 

"They didn't have guns drawn.  They were just standing there," said Johnson. 

Several neighbors heard the commotion.

"I was crocheting and I heard the shots about 5 o'clock I heard them ring out," said Leona Arms, neighbor.

As news spread an officer lost his life the mood shifted on 29th Street. 

"A lot of people seemed sad to hear that the police officer had died.  I mean yeah there might have been some tension before," said Johnson.

Neighbors said their hearts are with the police Wednesday night. 

"I just feel very sad and I feel very sad for the family and all these people who are standing out here because that's another life taken that wasn't supposed to happen," said Arms.

"It feels sad.  If he died and it wasn't by my house if would feel sad," said Johnson.