Wauke­sha po­lice shoot and kill a knife-wield­ing man

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin - Rick Romell

A Wauke­sha po­lice of­fi­cer shot and killed a forgery sus­pect early Sun­day when the 55-year-old man drew a knife and charged, po­lice said.

Po­lice were with­hold­ing the names of both the of­fi­cer and the man who was shot un­til rel­a­tives could be no­ti­fied.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Wauke­sha Po­lice Chief Rus­sell Jack:

The shoot­ing oc­curred about 12:30 a.m. near Prairie Av­enue and School Drive.

The of­fi­cer had been dis­patched there to look for a sus­pect in a forgery case who had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with po­lice by phone.

An of­fi­cer had been urg­ing the man to turn him­self in, but he re­fused, prompt­ing po­lice to go to the area, on the city’s south side. Mean­while, po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the man was threat­en­ing to slit his wrists.

When an of­fi­cer spot­ted the man — de­scribed as 6 feet 3 inches tall, weigh­ing more than 300 pounds and hav­ing an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory — the sus­pect “im­me­di­ately pulled a knife and threat­ened the of­fi­cer.”

The of­fi­cer at­tempted to defuse the sit­u­a­tion ver­bally and “by cre­at­ing dis­tance,” but his or­ders were ig­nored.

The man charged, and the of­fi­cer, fear­ing he would be stabbed, fired his gun, strik­ing the man four times in the chest.

Po­lice per­formed first aid, us­ing CPR and an au­to­mated de­fib­ril­la­tor.

A Wauke­sha Fire Depart­ment team took the man to Wauke­sha Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, where he later was pro­nounced dead.

The Mil­wau­kee Area In­ves­tiga­tive Team is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Wauke­sha County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The man who was killed was a past felony of­fender with con­vic­tions for bat­tery, bur­glary, theft, fraud and bat­tery to a peace of­fi­cer.

The of­fi­cer in­volved has more than five years of ex­pe­ri­ence and, per depart­ment pol­icy, has been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

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