Fugitive in critical condition after shot by US Marshals in Milwaukee
the WTMJ News Team
Photo: Video by tmj4.com
WAUWATOSA - A fugitive who was shot by U.S. Marshals was listed in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital early Thursday morning.
Marshals opened fire on him while he was fleeing on Milwaukee's south side Wednesday afternoon.
Exclusive video obtained by TODAY'S TMJ4 shows the scene at Lincoln Avenue and Forest Home. US Marshals said they had been looking for Mario Lopez and when they found him, he wouldn't go in willingly. They say he fled -- first in a car, then on foot, and showed a weapon.
That's when they fired.
"I hear like eight or nine shots, like it was two people shooting," a witness told TODAY'S TMJ4.
Some of those shots hit Lopez, critically injuring him.
Juan Cuevas is Lopez's father and was outraged about what happened.
"I want them to tell me what they did to my boy. There's no justice, this is not fair," said Cuevas. "They don't want to tell me nothing about my boy."
Records show his son served time in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon. US Marshals told reporters they were looking for him on an outstanding warrant, and when they thought there was a threat, they had no choice but to shoot.
"He's in critical condition, not dead. My officers are fine," said US Marshal Kevin Carr. "He has a history of weapons violations and gang affiliation."
The incident left a father wishing it could have gone down differently.
"If he's wanted, why didn't they just catch him while he was sleeping instead of chasing him around, jeopardizing the lives of other people," argued Cuevas.