Police in Milwaukee say one police officer is being treated after he was hit in the head by a brick through a squad car window. The injury happened Saturday night as officers are dealing with unrest on the city’s north side following a man’s fatal shooting by police hours earlier. Police say the man was armed and was shot during a foot chase that followed a traffic stop.
Capt. Mark Stanmeyer says officers stopped a car with two people inside Saturday. He says the pair got out of the car and ran and that the officers chased them. He says a 23-year-old man who was one of the people fleeing was armed with a handgun and was shot by an officer during the pursuit. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released. Stanmeyer says the man died at the scene.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that more than 100 people gathered near the scene Saturday night and some in the crowd started smashing a squad car’s windows. The 24-year-old officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative duty. The officer has been with the Milwaukee department six years, three as an officer.
Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Journal Sentinel newspaper that it wasn’t immediately clear whether the man pointed a gun at or shot at the officer. Police said in an earlier tweet that they had a large presence as they tried to disperse a crowd. They said some in the crowd had broken the windows of an unoccupied squad car and set another police car on fire.