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Milwaukee County deputy shot, suspected shooter takes own life

A shelter-in-place alert was issued for the area as the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.


The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday near South 64th and West Adler streets in Milwaukee.

Investigators said a deputy attempted to stop a driver at 2:08 a.m. for a registration violation near South 68th and West Adler streets.

The deputy who made the stop called for backup.

As additional deputies arrived, investigators said the driver and passenger in the car ran from the scene.

The driver, 21, was arrested near the I-94 ramp at South 68th Street after a brief chase. The passenger, 22, was also arrested, the sheriff's office said.

While searching for the passenger, a deputy saw a man climbing out of a garbage can near South 64th and West Adler streets.

Officers said they established a perimeter and found the man near South 63rd and West Dixon streets.

As deputies approached the man, they said he took out a gun and shot a deputy several times.

Sheriff Earnell Lucas said the injured deputy was shot in the arms and chest.

It's not clear how many times he was hit.

The sheriff's office added that the deputy was conscious, breathing and receiving treatment.

His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

The injured deputy's name was not released but he was described as being 26 years old and having 18 months with the sheriff's department.

Investigators said the suspect then fled the scene and a county-wide shelter-in-place alert was issued just before 4 a.m.

"The lieutenant who was in command on the street felt it was important that we issue an alert to the immediate area," Lucas said. "How far and wide the area of coverage goes, I can't answer that for you at this point right now but we're just very grateful that that lieutenant made the decision to do what was in the best interest of the residents of this immediate neighborhood."

While searching for the suspect, deputies said they found a man hiding behind a vehicle near South 60th and West Main streets.

Deputies confronted him and heard a single gunshot.

The man, 19, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect who is dead was the man wanted for shooting the deputy, officials said.

Butt remains unclear if the suspected shooter is connected to the traffic initial stop.

The county-wide shelter-in-place alert was lifted just before 11 a.m.

Lucas said no deputies fired any shots during the incident.

"The people of Milwaukee County should be very proud of this devoted public servant," he said in a statement. "The prayers and healing thoughts of all members of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office are with our injured comrade and his family as they navigate this challenging time. We wish our deputy a full recovery and extend our strongest support to him."

West Allis and Milwaukee police assisted in the search.

Investigators have not yet identified the suspects.

Out of an abundance of caution, Milwaukee Public Schools said two schools near the shooting scene will be going virtual: Burbank Elementary and MacDowell Montessori.

Milwaukee police will conduct the investigation into the shooting.

No other details have been released.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call 414-935-7360 or Crimestoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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