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Milwaukee police officer shot during struggle with suspect

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Milwaukee police officer shot during struggle with suspect

CREATED Sep. 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 14, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee police officer was shot in the leg during a struggle with a suspect near N. 21st St. and W. Hampton Ave. early Friday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department said.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired around midnight and investigators say the officers found two suspects and those suspects immediately started arguing with those officers. 

At some point during the struggle, the officer was shot in the leg.  Police say the officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Our investigation shows the suspect while armed with the weapon of Milwaukee police officer discharged the weapon one time striking the officer in the leg," said Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Patrick Mitchell during a press conference Friday.

The two suspects in custody are 24- and 39-years-old and both have arrest records.

Their family claims that the officers attacked them and that one of those officers accidentally shot himself.  They say cell phone video taken of the incident corroborates these claims.

"The police actually have my son down on the ground," said Jacqueline Cole, who is the mother of the 24-year-old suspect and the sister of the 39-year-old suspect.  "He was not resisting arrest. From what the videotape shows is how the police started beating him in the head."

Cole said her sister-in-law shot the video but claims officers made her surrender the phone.

"They're trying to give everyone the perception that because these two were resisting arrest that it resulted in the officer getting shot," she said.

The Milwaukee Police Department vehemently denies Cole's allegations.  "I will not comment specially on what the video shows," said Mitchell.