Milwaukee Police officer shoots 'suicidal man' during confrontation

CREATED Jan 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police say that an officer has shot a man described as suicidal during a confrontation early Tuesday morning.

It happened at about 4:00 a.m. near the corner of North 37th Street and West Galena.

"The officers got there.  They met with a 56-year-old resident of the house who was threatening to kill himself," said Sergeant Mark Stanmeyer during a news conference Tuesday.

"A sergeant identified a weapon in the subject's hand.  The sergeant fired a weapon twice...the officer felt threatened by the weapon in the man's hand.  There were other residents in the home at the time."

The weapon ended up being a pipe.

"The officers believed the pipe to be the barrel of a gun and, fearing for their safety and the safety of the other occupant of the home, they ordered the man to drop it," according to police. "When the man failed to drop the weapon the sergeant discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect."

The victim was taken to a local hospital.  As of Tuesday afternoon, the man was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

"Tragedy.  Tragedy," explained Valonada Eskridge, who lives near the scene.  She claims that trouble has often happened in the home where the shooting happened.

"I heard a couple of neighbors saying that (the victim) has got problems."

Police say he has a number of arrests, including several related to weapons.

The officer involved is 31 years old and has been on the force for 13 years.  He was to be placed on administrative duty during the investigation.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office is taking part in the investigation.