Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy shot overnight, suspect kills self

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MILWAUKEE — Authorities say a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a registration violation shot and wounded a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy while running away from the traffic stop.

Sheriff Earnell Lucas says the deputy was shot in both arms and his torso early Wednesday, but the wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

According to a tweet from the sheriff’s office, the deputy was conscious and being treated for his injuries around 3:30 a.m.

Lucas said the deputy had responded as backup after another deputy made the stop. The sheriff said the driver and a passenger ran away, but the driver was soon arrested.

Authorities searched Wednesday for the shooter. Sheriff’s officials say a preliminary investigation suggests that a man found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the neighborhood was responsible for shooting the deputy.

In Milwaukee, officials sent out an emergency alert to residents around 4 a.m. warning people in the area to shelter in place. According to the alert, the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.

The Milwaukee Police Department is handling the investigation, which is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.