MPD officer shoots armed suspect Thursday morning

CREATED Aug 1, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Police shot a man who had a handgun early Thursday morning on Milwaukee's north side.

"Officers from the Neighborhood Task Force responded to the 2400 block of N. 37th Street at about 12:30 a.m. on August 1 after receiving an alert of shots fired from the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system," said Lt. Mark Stanmeyer with MPD. "The officers quickly identified a suspect walking near N. 40th and W. Meinecke."

The suspect ran from officers and they chased him on foot. According to Stanmeyer, the man suddenly stopped, turned around and faced one of the officers with his gun in his hand. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired his handgun, hitting the suspect.

The 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life treatening injuries.

The officer was not injured, and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure in a shooting incident.