Wauwatosa officer fatally shoots man at Madison Park

Photo By C.T. Kruger

June 23, 2016

A Wauwatosa police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle near the city's north side.

According to police, at approximately 3:03 a.m. Thursday, the officer noticed a man sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot at Madison Park, near 100th St. and Glendale Ave., with a handgun in his possession. The officer feared for his safety and discharged his weapon, striking the man.

Other police officers arriving on scene administered first aid, said Public Information Officer Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department. The man was transported by the Wauwatosa Fire Department to Froedtert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Milwaukee Police Department will conduct the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, which is standard protocol. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, which aligns with department protocol after a police-involved shooting.

Zalewski said there will be no news conference about the incident.

Past officer-involved shootings

The officer-involved shooting is the latest in a handful of similar incidents over the last year.

In January, police responded to a domestic violence 911 call at Normandy Village Apartments, N. 124th St. Officers shot a man twice after he attacked police with a knife. The man, who survived the incident, was later charged with killing his girlfriend, who was found dead underneath an apartment balcony.

In July 2015, a 29-year-old man was shot and killed by Wauwatosa police after he confronted officers while carrying a sword.

This story will include more information as it becomes available.

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