- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A suspect in the shooting and wounding of a suburban police detective was found Saturday hiding in the basement of a Milwaukee home after authorities got a tip from the public, Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

Flynn also said at a news conference that the 52-year-old detective, who has 25 years of service, was improving although he remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition with injuries that proved to be more serious than originally thought. The suspect, who has two felony convictions, was arrested without incident after a manhunt of more than 24 hours and was not injured, he said.

“We certainly are absolutely confident we have the individual that we sought and the information we do have certainly establishes a strong case for probable cause that this individual is the individual who shot the detective,” Flynn said.

The chief said a $5,000 reward offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may have played a role in helping make the arrest, though it will be up to the federal agency to decide if the tipster is entitled to the reward.

“Obviously if you get a tip that somebody’s hiding in the basement that you’re looking for, for a crime, its good tip,” he said.

The detective’s name was not immediately released. He was shot in a Milwaukee apartment parking lot Friday morning while investigating a burglary.

Officers spent hours searching Milwaukee’s northwest side on Friday. Streets were closed, authorities checked trunks of passing cars, and a helicopter circled overhead. At least six residents of nearby apartment buildings waited at a gas station for hours. Officers escorted a few of the residents to their apartments on foot to retrieve medical supplies but they were not allowed to stay.

Flynn said the suspect was acquainted with other residents of the home, whom he said were not cooperating with investigators. He said charges against them are possible.

The chief also expressed frustration that the suspect has separate felony convictions for battery and theft but was placed on probation for both offenses and served no prison time on either conviction. The suspect was still on probation when he became a suspect in a robbery earlier in the week, and a car stolen in that case was recovered during the search Friday, he added. Flynn said there’s a lot of pressure on the courts not to incarcerate young offenders.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the shooting “both alarming and deplorable.”

“This incident is a reminder of the dangers our police officers face. I greatly appreciate the work of all the professionals who protect our community,” he said.

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