Milwaukee police officer shot Thursday; third officer shot in city this month

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee police officer was shot while responding to a call Thursday evening, the third law enforcement official to be shot in the city this month.

During a news conference Thursday night, Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said the officer responded to a call about a person slumped over in a vehicle just before 6:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of West St. Paul Avenue.

When the officer, a 26-year-old man with at least seven years of experience, got to the scene, the suspect appeared to run while brandishing a gun, Norman said. The officer and suspect, a 22-year-old man, fired at each other and both were hit.

“After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect entered the wounded MPD officer’s squad car and fled the scene,” he said. “The suspect crashed into another motorist in the 1700 block of West Clybourn Street and fled on foot.”

Police arrested the man nearby without incident.

The officer, the suspect and the driver of the vehicle the suspect reportedly hit with the squad car were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-fatal injuries, Norman said. The suspect’s gun was recovered inside the squad car.

Earlier this month, an off-duty officer was shot while trying to stop an armed robbery in the city’s Third Ward. Earlier this week, a deputy from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office was shot by a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for a registration violation.