Officer shoots, kills suspect at Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park
MILWAUKEE - Rare gunfire was heard in the heart of downtown Milwaukee when a police officer shot and killed a man in Red Arrow Park Wednesday afternoon.
The shots were fired around 3:30 p.m. and they were heard inside City Hall and in office buildings all around the park.
Veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Don Walker was near City Hall when the shots were fired.
"I heard a series of shots, loud gun fire," Walker said. "I counted five and people began to scurry immediately."
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said a 38-year old officer with 13 years on the job was responding to a complaint about a man lying in the park. It turned into a struggle when police said the man took the officer's baton.
"The subject began hitting the officer with the wooden baton, striking him in the head," Flynn said.
Shortly after that shots rang out.
"The officer withdrew his side arm and fired several shots at the individual striking him numerous times," Flynn said.
Flynn said as many as ten shots were fired but the investigation is early and police are still asking lots of questions.
We will certainly examine [the amount of shots fired]," Flynn said. "They're trained to use a minimum amount of deadly force necessary to stop the threat."
When asked, some people thought the number of shots fired was excessive.
"I don't know how many have been hit over the head with a baton," Flynn said.
Mayor Barrett was in a meeting inside city hall when he heard something unusual outside.
"I heard gun shots, I heard the gun shots and remarked they sounded like gun shots," he said.
The injured officer was taken to the hospital but has been treated and released.