10/02/2006

1 man dead, teenager injured in separate Milwaukee police shootings

Felicia Thomas-Lynn, Staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Milwaukee police were involved Saturday in two separate shootings, with one resulting in the death of a 50-year-old.

A Milwaukee man, whose name was not released by police, was shot and killed after he refused to drop two large knives and advanced toward an officer, police said.

Police responded to a call at 3:57 p.m. from a woman who said a man was preparing to go outside and slash tires in the 3000 block of W. Iona Terrace, near W. Ramsey Ave.

The officer confronted the man and repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapons, but he refused, police said. When the man advanced toward the officer with the knives in his hands, the officer fired and struck the man about 4:20 p.m.

"I heard the first shot," said Scott Leverence, a nearby resident. "As soon as I heard it, I turned my head and saw the guy fall."

Leverence said he immediately left the area.

"I had four kids in the car, and I just took off. I didn't want my 6-year-old to see anything," he said. "I could see his body lying on the side of the car. I felt nervous and scared. It's a horrible thing to see. You just don't expect it."

The officer involved in the shooting is a 23-year-old man with five years of department service, police said.

The shooting is under investigation, and the officer was placed on administrative duty pending completion of the investigation.

Saturday morning, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm by a Milwaukee police officer after the teen rammed a squad car with a stolen vehicle, police said.

His injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to the Police Department. Two Milwaukee police officers were treated at a hospital and released.

According to police:

The uniformed officers were on patrol around 1:20 a.m. near N. 27th and W. Burleigh streets as part of the department's Violent Crime Reduction operation when the teen rear-ended their unmarked squad car and fled.

Police said the officers followed the driver into an alley in the 3200 block of N. 26th St. They said the driver put his car into reverse, striking a 36-year-old officer, and the officer's partner shot the driver.

The 39-year-old officer involved in the shooting is a seven-year veteran of the department..

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