Protesters fired gunshots, hurled bricks and set a gas station on fire in the U.S. mid-western city of Milwaukee on Saturday night, hours after a patrol officer shot and killed an armed suspect who took flight after a traffic stop, authorities say. An officer was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a brick.
Barrett said the 23-year-old man who died was stopped by police for “suspicious activity”. They described the man as a suspect, but didn’t say what led to the traffic stop.
The races of the man and the officer weren’t immediately released.
In the ensuing hours, more than two dozen police, some in riot gear, responded to the neighborhood as an angry crowd grew on North 44th Street and West Auer Avenue.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, police said three arrests had been made in connection with the unrest. At least two bus shelters had been thrown into the street, with their glass shattered. People in the crowd also threw objects at a business a half-block from the intersection. A nearby traffic light was bent over.
The Journal Sentinel said that as many as seven shots, which appeared to have been fired in the air by someone in the crowd, were heard from 8:45 to 9 p.m.
An earlier standoff involved more than 100 people pushing against 20 to 30 officers.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that one of its reporters was shoved to the ground and punched. They said firefighters couldn’t extinguish the blaze because gunshots were being fired.
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WDJT-TV reports the incident began when two uniformed MPD officers stopped two suspects in a auto in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on August 13.
Police say a Milwaukee officer has shot and killed an armed man during a foot chase.
The 24-year-old officer who shot him has been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.
Stanmeyer says the man died at the scene.
The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.
The handgun the man had was stolen in a burglary in March in Waukesha, Stanmeyer said. An officer shot and killed that man. The officer’s name wasn’t immediately released.
“He (officer) ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun”, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.