Police: Suspect accidentally shot near Milwaukee day care center
Lacey Crisp and Jay Sorgi
MILWAUKEE - TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp reports that Milwaukee Police have a 29-year-old suspect in custody at a Milwaukee-area hospital after an officer shot him Monday afternoon.
Police say the officer accidentally shot the suspect. Another suspect is on the loose.
Police discovered a gun left laying in the middle of the street a block away from a day care.
“I was scared, when I pulled up I was looking at all this tape, I didn’t know what was going on. I was afraid something happened with the children,” said parent Krystle Cloyd.
It was a tense afternoon for parents, picking up their children and seeing cops and police tape.
“I just wanted to be able to get in there to get her,” Cloyd said.
Officers tell Lacey that at about 12:00 p.m. Monday, the men robbed the people at gunpoint, then went to the corner of North 53rd Street and West Capitol Drive.
"Two victims were robbed of a vehicle and money," said Captain Regina Howard.
"Our squads were able to locate the stolen vehicle and the two individuals were inside the vehicle, and fled at 53rd and Melvina after they abandoned the car."
The men started running, but police caught up to one of them as they swarmed the neighborhood.
"The officers pursued the suspects on foot to the side of a residence on the 3900 block of North 53rd Street. While one suspect was being taken into custody, an officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect," said Howard.
When asked why the officer shot his gun, Howard initially told Lacey, "Thank you very much."
Police later said Monday afternoon that the officer accidentally shot the suspect and hit him in the thigh.
The suspect was brought to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. He should survive.
The suspect has what is described as an extensive criminal history including drug and weapons charges.
Parents are just happy none of the kids were hurt.
“I’m thanking God.”
The officer is 30 years old and has been with the force for 12 years.