Officers to File Lawsuit Against Badger Guns

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MILWAUKEE - Two Milwaukee police officers who were shot and injured by firearms purchased at the West Milwaukee store Badger Guns will file a lawsuit against the business.

Officers Alejandro Arce and Jose Lopez were shot after getting caught in a gang shootout in 2007.

The two guns involved were purchased by a 24-year-old man who proceeded to provide one of the weapons to a 15-year-old boy.  Both those suspects were convicted and sent to prison. 

The officers however believe the gun store should pay.  They will officially announce their lawsuit during a news conference Thursday morning.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Badger Guns has had similar problems in the recent past.  All six Milwaukee officers shot and injured over a period between 2007 and 2009 were hurt by guns sold by Badger Guns or its predecessor, Badger Outdoors.

Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn has been highly critical of the store.  He issued a statement saying, "Our officers have every right to seek relief from the civil courts just as much as they have a right to expect justice from the criminal courts. I wish them well as they attempt to affix accountability for their wounds."