Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Requests Mobilization Of National Guard

After a Milwaukee Police officer shot and killed an armed suspect fleeing from a car on Milwaukee’s North Side violence broke out. Six businesses and at least one car were set ablaze, and an officer was hit by a brick.

Milwaukee County Sheriff has requested the mobilization of the National Guard following the unrest in Milwaukee overnight. Five men died in three separate shootings within nine hours.

The BP gas station at North Sherman Boulevard and West Burleigh Avenue was the first of six businesses set on fire. An O’Reilly Auto Parts store was the second business of six to catch fire early Sunday morning.

Five men died in three separate shootings within nine hours in Milwaukee, prompting the city’s mayor to pledge to work for a safer community.

Before making the request Sunday, Clarke said he consulted with Gov. Scott Walker and Major General Donald Dunbar.

The incident began when two uniformed MPD officers stopped two suspects in a car in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on August 13. Shortly after stopping the suspects, both occupants fled from the car on foot. The officers pursued the suspects, and during the foot pursuit one officer shot one suspect, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, in a yard also in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street. The suspect died from his injuries at the scene.

The suspect is a 23-year-old Milwaukee man with lengthy arrest record. The handgun he was armed with was taken in a burglary in Waukesha in March of this year. The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun.

The officer is a 24-year-old, male, assigned to MPD’s District 7. He has six years of service with MPD, three years as an officer. He was not injured and, as is standard practice, will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

The Milwaukee Police Department has contained the scene and, pursuant to State Law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation has been contacted to lead the investigation.