MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities were searching Friday for a man suspected in the shooting and wounding of a suburban Milwaukee police officer.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn warned that the suspect is armed and dangerous. The search led officers to a Milwaukee home, but police did not find him inside. Police continued to search for him.
The shooting happened when three Wauwatosa police officers were investigating a burglary in that city Friday morning and they confronted a man in a car in a Milwaukee apartment parking lot.
The suspect opened fire on the officers and at least one officer fired back. A 52-year-old plain-clothed detective, who has 25 years of service, was hit once. The suspect ran away, and Flynn said there’s no indication that the suspect was hurt.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said the detective was in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.
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.
Authorities finished searching the area by mid-afternoon.
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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